Monday, April 11, 2005

Ed Schilling leaving Memphis

here is the release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis men’s basketball head coach John Calipari announded Monday that assistant coach Ed Schilling will be leaving the Tiger coaching staff effective the middle of April to pursue a life-long dream of combining his faith and basketball. Included in the ministry opportunities is the launch of Champions Training Academies worldwide.
"First of all, I want to thank Coach Cal and the Memphis basketball family for all that they have done for me and my family these last two years. I will be forever grateful to Coach Cal for the opportunity that he gave me here in Memphis and the loyal friend that he has been to me over the years," Schilling said.
"It is hard leaving the program knowing the positive direction in which it is heading, and the tremendous success that is coming with the returning and incoming players. At the same time, I’m really excited about the opportunity that is in front of me to work with and develop players and coaches throughout the world via the training academy and the coach’s ministry duties."
The first academy is set to be launched in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2006. "I’m excited to be going home and to work with the key sports and business leaders of Indiana to establish a world-class basketball training center in the heart of basketball country. In light of everything that has gone on the last three years with the state of basketball in the U.S., I feel that this might be the greatest way I can serve the basketball community, the coaches, and the next generation of players. I truly believe that these academies are going to have an impact on the success of basketball not only in this country, but around the world," Schilling commented.
"I’m also excited about having more time to work directly with coaches through the Nation of Coaches ministry that has been established with the NABC. With all the experiences my family and I have been through at every level of coaching, I feel like I can be a great resource and support to coaches."
Schilling grew up in Lebanon, Ind., where he was the first player to ever participate in a national postseason high school all-star game without averaging over 10 points per game. As a collegian, he was a four-year starting point guard at Miami (Ohio), helping lead the school to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
After graduating from Miami in 1988, he was named the head coach at Western Boone High School, leading the Stars to the most wins in school history in the 1990-91 campaign. From there, he went to Logansport (Ind.) High School. In arguably the most competitive prep conference in the nation, Logansport’s basketball program improved each of Schillling’s four seasons, winning back-to-back sectional championships while compiling the most wins in more than 20 years.
He then went to the University of Massachusetts, helping Coach Calipari’s 1995-96 Minuteman squad post a 35-2 record and reach the NCAA Final Four. When Calipari was named the coach of the New Jersey Nets later that year, Schilling joined him as an assistant coach. Schilling’s meteoric rise in the coaching profession was chronicled in Sports Illustrated as he became the only coach ever to advance from high school to the Final Four and finally to the bench of an NBA team in a period of 310 days.
After his time with the Nets, Schilling returned to collegiate coaching as the head coach at Wright State University in 1997. At the time, he was the second youngest Division I head coach in the nation.
Schilling coached six seasons at Wright State, posting a 17-11 mark in
2002 and an 18-11 record in 2001. For his efforts in 2001, he was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) Coach of the Year by
Following his stint at Wright State, Schilling joined Calipari’s staff at Memphis. In his two seasons on Calipari’s staff, Schilling helped lead the Tigers to consecutive 20-win seasons and back-to-back postseason tournament appearances. Memphis won a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season title and advanced to the 2005 C-USA Tournament title game.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Ed, although I don’t want to see him leave," Calipari said. "Ed is passionate about his faith and the game of basketball, and this will allow him to combine both of those desires.
"Ed was a tremendous addition to our staff, and he played an integral role in the program’s success the past two years. He is an excellent coach, but more importantly, he has been and will continue to be a dear friend. We will miss him here in Memphis, and we wish Ed all of our best in his new endeavor."
Schilling was inducted into the Five-Star Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and is the co-author of two books—Guard Play, which was co-authored with Steve Alford, and Five Star Basketball, which was written with Howard Garfinkel. He also has four basketball instructional videos.
Schilling and his wife, Shawn, also an Indiana native, and their three children—Ana, 10, Eddie, 4, and Natalie, 2—will make their home in Indianapolis.