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Golding, Slessinger Reflect On Friendship, Careers After Securing 100th Wins

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – While their home arenas are nearly 700 miles apart, Abilene Christian men’s basketball coach Joe Golding and New Orleans’ lead man Mark Slessinger were just an hour away from each other when the two clinched the 100th win of their respective tenures.“It was really humbling,” Slessinger said. “My radio guy came and told me, and it caught me off guard. It’s been amazing to see all the hard work that went in to get to this point.”On Jan. 9, the Wildcats traveled to Lake Charles, La., to face McNeese while the Privateers went the opposite direction across the Sabine River to take on Lamar. Both teams came away with a crucial road win to improve to 2-1 in league play.“Honestly, I didn’t even know it was my 100th win until I was walking to the bus and [Voice of the Wildcats] Grant Boone found me and told me,” Golding said. “I was excited about it, but I was more excited to beat McNeese.”Although they were not the first coaches to reach 100 wins at a Southland Conference institution – actually the 12th and the 13th – it marked the first time that two coaches reached the milestone on the same day, much less in the same season.“We’ve known each other for years and both have amazing stories,” Slessinger said. “We’ve gone on a little different paths, but we have a good friendship and so much respect for each other. We talked on the phone and texted after on the bus, giving each other a hard time.”The duo, who both served as assistant coaches in the Southland before their head coaching days, were hired within three weeks of each other in the summer of 2011. Golding, a point guard for ACU from 1994-98, returned to his alma mater in 2005 and spent three seasons as the top assistant to Jason Copeland.“Not many people get to go back to the university they played for and get a chance to coach,” Golding said. “I’m very fortunate and lucky for that. The university and the town of Abilene really raised me. It’s a special place to me. I take a lot of pride in trying to turn this program around.”Prior to taking the job at New Orleans, Slessinger spent 11 years as an assistant coach under legendary coach Mike McConathy, who boasts the second-most wins by a Southland Conference coach (291).Congrats to @CoachSless on becoming the third in program history to reach ?? wins #504OurCity pic.twitter.com/fKH6W0hKQ5— Privateers Men’s ?? (@PrivateersMBB) January 10, 2019 Amongst the Wildcats’ nine upperclassmen are guards Jaylen Franklin and Payten Ricks, who through four Southland Conference games, rank third in the Southland Conference in points (80) and assists per game (5.0), respectively. While Golding claims he wasn’t allowed to shoot, he averaged a team-best 4.2 assists per game over his career and takes a lot of pride in coaching the position today.“I played guard here and I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys,” Golding said. “I’m probably harder on them than the bigs. The biggest key for us has been how unselfish they’ve been. We made a switch in our offense over the past few years and those guys have embraced it and bought in.”Golding and Co. wrap up the third week of conference play when they host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday, while Slessinger and his Privateers hit the road for a 5 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which can be seen on ESPN3. “I learned more than I have time to talk about,” Slessinger said. “How to run a program and keep things in perspective. How to make a program sustainable. A lot of people can have a flash in the pan, but the goal is to sustain it for years. I got an incredible blueprint from him.”Following each of their first years on the job, both schools accepted bids to join the Southland for the 2013-14 season. “Mark’s been a great friend of mine through this,” Golding said. “He got his program going quicker than us. When he made the NCAA tournament, that gave our staff hope that we could do it here. I’ve got the utmost respect for Mark.”For the Wildcats, it closed the book on a 40-year residence in the Lone Star Conference and marked a reunion with the league it helped found in 1963.“Going through that transition was the hardest thing a bunch of us had ever done in our lives,” Golding said. “When I got here, all I wanted to do was win games like any young coach, but I figured out quick that it was going to be a long road. It’s been challenging but very rewarding.”For the Privateers, it was a turning point as the athletic department contemplated dropping from Division I to Division III as the school dealt with declining enrollment, budget cuts and insufficient fundraising after Hurricane Katrina.“We had to be relentlessly positive,” Slessinger said. “It wasn’t a job for someone that wasn’t tough minded. I’ve seen a lot of hard work coming to fruition. It all goes back to that mindset of being relentlessly positive.” It was not an ideal situation for Slessinger to inherit as the department’s struggles left him with three players and one assistant. Negative press sprouting from NCAA sanctions further scared off potential recruits and assistants.Fast forward five seasons to 2016-17, when he guided New Orleans to its first 20-win season and first conference tournament title in 20 years, when now-Lamar head coach Tic Price was at the helm of the Privateers.“It was wonderful,” Slessinger said. “It was a great culmination of a lot of hard work and sacrifice by the student-athletes and staff. It was really rewarding to get that once-in-a-lifetime experience and bring joy and pride back to the city.”While Slessinger is no stranger to the conference tournament with four trips over the last four seasons, Abilene Christian is off to a good start in pursuit of a coveted trip to Katy after just missing out on a tiebreaker last season, their first year of postseason eligibility.“We don’t even know what door to go through to get in to the Merrell Center,” Golding joked. “We’re just trying to live day-by-day, trust the process, get better each day and see where it heads. We thought we were in a pretty good position last year, but we lost some tough games down the stretch.”Both coaches are now in their eighth seasons and seeing the payoff of their models of consistency as Abilene Christian and New Orleans are 4-1 through the first two weeks of league action.“We haven’t lost a player in three years,” Golding said. “We’ve done it all with high school guys and tried to develop them both as basketball players and as men. There’s some coaching involved with it, but it’s really about the players.”ACU beat McNeese 73-72 Wednesday night, giving head coach @CoachGoldingACU his 100th career victory. Congrats, Coach! #GoWildcats pic.twitter.com/qeBL2PcgHD— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) January 10, 2019last_img read more

Martial hits back amid reports of club fine

first_img“Thanks for all your posts,” wrote Martial. “My little Swan is fine but for the mother it is harder. Thanks to God she is better now. Sorry but my family will always come first, back tomorrow in Manchester.”Martial’s update comes after reports suggested that United are about to fine the 22-year old for missing a week of training during the crucial pre-season period, an episode that looks set to do more damage to his already strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Mourinho told reporters in Miami on Tuesday that he had no idea when the striker would return to training, while club officials were unable to say why the player had not returned to the USA following the birth.Martial spent most of last season on the bench at United, and is reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford.And as if to highlight the breakdown in his relationship with Martial, Mourinho took a dig at the French forward with his comments in the wake of United’s 2-1 win over European champions Real Madrid in Miami.“My players [have been] amazing in their effort but we have more effort in front of us,” said Mourinho.“We go to Munich in a few days and we start the Premier League in nine days. These are the players that we have plus Lindelof, that started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays.“So, they’re coming back three days early to try and be available for the team [against Leicester on August 10).“And with the fantastic spirit we have, in the majority of the players, I repeat: in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit, we go with everything we have to the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Frenchman tweeted on Wednesday that complications with the birth meant that he had remained in Paris to be with his wife. Photo/TEAMTALKMEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Anthony Martial has hit back at Manchester United amid reports he is set to be fined by the club for going AWOL following the birth of his son in Paris last week.The Frenchman tweeted on Wednesday that complications with the birth meant that he had remained in Paris to be with his wife.last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: PORTSALON CLUB NOTES

first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubSubscription Voucher One of the major golfing prizes of the year will be contested by Portsalon members on Saturday 11th May with the main prize on offer of one year’s subscription at Portsalon Golf Club. The prize will reflect the category of the winner in 2013 golfing year i.e full, affiliate, student, country etc) In the event of a family member winning the prize will be the equivalent of a single membership in either the full or country status In order to play in this major golfing event, members must have their membership paid or have an appropriate fee payment arrangement made with the club for your 2013 golfing fees.ResultsIt was a busy weekend on Portsalon golf course as the club staged a host of open competitions. With over 250 golfers taking part it was indeed one of the busiest this season. The results were as follows. Saturday the winner was Jim Mc Grath (18) 39 points, runner up Kieran O’Neill (12) 37 points, gross Martin Sutherland (4) 30 points, 3rd Enda mc Elhinney (11) 37 points. Visitor D Mc Aleenan Edenmore. The CSS was 35 points. On Sunday the main event of the week end was the Brian mc Corimick Sports and Leisure open and the winner was Michael Cannon (17) 40 points, runer up Fergus Callaghan (14) 39 points Gross D P Logue (5) 29 points 3rd James Lynch (20) 39 points Visitor N Mc Vicor The Shire. The CSS was 36 points. On Monday the with the improved weather conditions the scoring soared and the winner was Danny Mc Laughlin (26) 45 points, runner up Patrick Wallace (23) 40 points. Gross L Lennox Moyola Park (+2) 35 points, 3rd Michael Leonard (12) 40 points , Visitor D Edwards (17) Otway. On Monday there was a rare occurrence of a hole in one, Joe Logan had the honour as he holed out on the par 3 15th hole. The CSS for home players was 37 points and away players it was 34 points reduction only.The Captain Joe Harkin and members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to express their thanks to the main sponsor on Sunday Brian Mc Cormick Sports and Leisure for their generous sponsorship and continued association with Portsalon Golf Club. Team NewsOn Sunday last under the direction of team Captain Kevin Mc Gonagle the Portsalon team travelled to North West for the Jimmy Bruen qualifier. The Portsalon team were lying comfortable in second place however due to an error on one of the cards the team was demoted further down the table. Nevertheless an all round good performance by the team who just missed out on qualification. On Sunday next Tony Morrison will test his managerial skills as he leads his Pierce Purcell team to Letterkenny golf club for the qualifier event. John Strain’s Jimmy Carroll team will play Omagh on Friday 17th in Omagh.Gaeltacht League.The Portsalon Gaeltacht League captains prize was staged at Portsalon golf club on Saturday last. The result was as follows winner Tony Kingston , 2nd Barry Keeney gross Tim Browne 3rd Noel Mc Cormick. The Gaeltacht League Captain Donal Callaghan would like to express his thanks to all the players who participated in this season competition.Donegal Links ClassicThe biggest and one of the most eagerly awaited golfing events in the North West is almost upon us. The Donegal Links Classic which is staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Portsalon and Rosapenna golf courses. The Donegal Links Classic is scheduled to run over three days 27th 28th & 29th May 2013.The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the golfing calendar year and is well worth a visit for anyone interested. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing. In order to ensure your place in this magnificent golfing event contact Ballyliffen Golf Club on 074 9376119Fixtures On Saturday 11th members subscription competition, Sunday 12th members competition and on Wednesday 15th May it’s a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Match Play Competitions.The deadline for the match play competitions has been extended to Sunday 12th May. All entries must be in by 4 p.m The match play draws fro both singles and doubles will take place on Sunday evening.Sympathy The Captain Joe Harkin and members of Portsalon Golf VClub extend their deepest sympathy to Paul Blaney and the Blaney family on the death last week of Harry Blaney . may he rest in peace.Protect Your Course.Replacing divots is no more than good golf etiquette. So we should all think of our fellow golfers and replace our divots. In addition all members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round and replace the divot with either the mixture or the actual divot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a divot bag and assist with the course maintenance. If you forget to collect your divot bag at the first tee there is another chance to do so on the second tee.We can all play a part.Local Rule-Stakes and RopesAll members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only was is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more