LOA hosts basketball coaching clinic

Lake Oconee Academy girls basketball head coach Kevin Furtado presents a team drill run by his own players during last Saturday’s coaching clinic at LOA.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard



Lake Oconee Academy hosted a basketball coaching clinic last Saturday, bringing in coaches and visitors from all over the country.

The clinic featured former Georgia basketball player James Banks and Gene Durden, who has five state titles at Buford, among others. Visiting coaches came in as far away as Ohio and as close as Aquinas and Greene County High School.

LOA girls basketball head coach Kevin Furtado organized the clinic. He said he wants to try and help coaches become the best they can be.

“We're trying to share the game,” Furtado said. “We want to make it such a fun event where they're getting great speakers. They've got on-court teaching and so forth. We want them to feel like this is a destination every year for them. That's the way I am – I love clinics – and I'm just trying to get coaches here and share it.”

The school hosted a similar clinic last year. That clinic only attracted 18 coaches.

This year, Furtado said LOA hosted more than 30.

For Furtado, it’s important to bring in as many coaches as possible. He said he wanted to reach 50 this year but that’s a goal he can push for in the future. He said it will be a challenge, given the various means coaches have of obtaining new techniques.

“People don't go to clinics anymore,” Furtado said. “They see it on YouTube. It's kind of a dinosaur thing right now. We're trying to keep it alive.

The full list of speakers for the clinic was as follows: Pete Aycock, Gene Durden, Randy Montgomery, Matt Kramer, Mark Gainous, Bob Delaney, James Banks, Rufus McDuffie and Danny Singleton.

Those coaches had players from Brewton Parker College, located in Mount Vernon, Georgia, at their disposal to show various drills.

Furtado said BPC head coach Gavin Chapman was excited for the opportunity to give his program a spotlight.

“What he liked about it (is) it's giving his school exposure,” Furtado said. “All of these coaches probably knew nothing about Brewton Parker. Now they do, and they see the quality of kids.”

LOA’s past couple coaching clinics have seen growth in speakers and attendance. Furtado said he hopes that continues in future clinics.

“We're gonna stay with it,” he said. “We're thinking about trying to get some more coaches from out of state and trying to get some more people to come visit us. ... We can make it kind of a destination for coaches to come. We've got to really promote better. ... We're always trying to get a little bit better.”

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