Men's Basketball: October 2011 Archives

MISSED MEDIA DAY? DON'T WORRY, WE HAVE YOU COVERED

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Convo Hoops Logo.jpegIf you missed yesterday's NIU Basketball Media Day or are looking for more coverage, we have you covered.  Let's start with the transcript of the press conference -- click here.  After the press conference, the following articles were written from one-on-one interviews:

"New eras begin for NIU men's, women's basketball teams," by Matt Trowbridge, Rockford Register Star

"Hoops media day notes," by Huskie Wire

"Montgomery wants to build Huskies' identity on tough defense," by Ryan Wood, Daily Chronicle

"Bennett set to begin second season," by Matt Hopkinson, Northern Star

"Montgomery ready to open up first season" by Brian Thomas, Northern Star

The Huskies were also featured on video by the following local TV stations:

WREX, Rockford's NBC affiliate

WTVO, Rockford's ABC affiliate

MONTGOMERY BRINGS WINNING PHILOSOPHY TO NIU

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Sports Illustrated web front_small.jpgNIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State and, as Steve Hendershot explains in an article for Sports Illustrated, Montgomery brought much of that winning Spartan formula to NIU. But the NIU way isn't completely the same as the MSU way, read more to find out where Montgomery believes he and Izzo differ. 

FORMER HUSKIE STAR MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times recently caught up with former NIU basketball player, and Huskie Hall of Famer, Rodney Davis to talk about Davis' current work with young people in the Aurora area. In 2005, the former NIU star started L.I.F.E. Support Incorporated, a non-profit that provides social services and recreational activities for young people. Davis has also written a book entitled, "After The Buzzer - 7 Steps for Winning the Big Game (Life, After the Cheering Stops)." You can find more information on Davis' book at afterthebuzzer.com and on his organization at lifesupportinc.org.

DERNBACH MOVES TO COACHING ROLE

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Kent_Dernbach.jpgMen's Basketball Director of Operations Kent Dernbach is leaving NIU to join Wisconsin-Stevens Point as an assistant coach. Dernbach, a native of Almond, Wis., returns to his home state to pursue his goal of coaching on the collegiate level. He joins a Wisconsin-Stevens Point program that has won three NCAA Division III national championships in the last eight seasons. A Director of Operations performs numerous behind the scenes tasks for the program and, while we wish him all the best at UWSP, Kent will be missed at NIU. 

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