From the Hardwood: Coach’s Pride

Another season of senior boys basketball has passed and once again, I’m left applauding the players with admiration of their dedication and pride of what they’ve accomplished both as a team and as individuals. Closing the season with a respectable 10-5 record and narrowly missing this year’s AAA playoffs, the game played and immensely enjoyed by all invested in the team truly transcends sports and speaks to what it means to be collaborative contributors; working as a team and respecting the promise of all members.

With so much good this season, the one sad thing to take from this and all seasons, is that the family that was built since October, is no longer together after school. As an alumnus of Chaminade College, watching and helping these brothers reach their season goals has been an extremely rewarding and fun experience, to say the least.

The team and individual goals set each year, oddly enough, do not relate to wins and losses in basketball, but to much greater skills and life lessons. Primarily, the life lessons include the richness of character development, which is truly inspiring and can never be quantified by season stats or the numbers posted in a game .

Over the past 6 years, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching with fellow alumnus Omar ‘Coach O’ Quamina (@togethercoach_o) who is not only a leader and role model for the team, but also an older brother which whom the players can confide in. Above all else, working alongside Coach O has allowed me to understand the importance of building relationships with the players and valuing these relationships much more than a simple win-loss record. Each player is truly special off and on the court.

Proudly, as alumnus, together with the players and with the support of the entire school community, Coach O and I have worked to create a senior boys basketball culture at Chaminade College that is inclusive, competitive, motivating, and most importantly, fun. The future is very bright for Chaminade Basketball and we are certain it will continue to thrive for the years to come.

Fortes in Fide.

With Pride,

Coach Cioffi