The Passing Game

The story of the greatest coach you've never heard of.

When you talk about affecting people’s lives in the field of coaching, he has to go down as one of the greatest of all time.
— Billy Donovan

Fletcher Arritt is arguably one of the greatest basketball coaches to ever live. He is not a household name because he chose to stay at the helm of a post-graduate program in rural Virginia. In 42 years at Fork Union Military Academy, Arritt sent over 450 players to the collegiate ranks and won over 880 contests. And by the way, he was a biology teacher. A biology teacher who helped hundreds (maybe thousands) of kids on the court and in the classroom while earning the respect and admiration of some of the best coaches in the world. He declined offers to "advance" to the collegiate level, instead choosing to labor in obscurity for over four decades at the very place that had changed his life when he was a post-graduate in 1959. Made by a former player and featuring commentary from Bob Knight, Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, Billy Donovan and others, this feature documentary film follows his last years as a coach and highlights the philosophies that have inspired so many.

Nobody did a better job of preparing kids for college than Fletcher did with his kids at Fork Union.
— Bob Knight

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