Delaware Men’s Basketball Coaches Monté Ross, Mike Pegues Taking Part in “Shots from the Heart” Fundraiser
November 24, 2011
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NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware men’s basketball head coach Monté Ross and assistant coach Mike Pegues are taking part in the second annual Shots from the Heart Tournament to benefit the American Heart Association.
Ross and Pegues are among 128 men’s NCAA Division I coaches taking part in a free throw shooting contest that will last throughout the season and culminate the the NCAA Final Four.
The program was developed to help create more awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and to raise money to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. CollegeInsider.com and the Skip Prosser Foundation are working with the American Heart Association to further promote "Shots from the Heart" and the educational aspects of heart disease.
Among the other head coaches taking part in the benefit are Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Johnny Dawkins of Stanford, Seth Greenberg of Virginia Tech, Jim Larranaga of Miami, Sean Miller of Arizona, Buzz Peterson of UNCW, Bill Self of Kansas, and Brad Stevens of Butler.
There will be two different tournaments taking place, one for 64 head coaches and one for 64 assistant coaches, with the competition taking place in an NCAA bracket format. The competition will begin in November with the second round set to finish by late December.
The round of 16 and 8 will take place in January with the national semifinal and finals set for February. The free throw champions will be recognized at the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in New Orleans, site of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
Coaches will not have to actually compete against each other on the same court. Each coach will shoot 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department will tally the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. Shots 1-10 are worth 1 point, 11-15 are worth 2 points, 16-20 are worth 3 points, 21-24 are worth 4 points and shot 25 is worth 5 points.
Ross’ first round opponent will be Mike Rice of Rutgers while Pegues will matchup against Rob O'Driscoll of James Madison. Fans can follow the season-long event and results at www.collegeinsider.com/shots and at www.bluehens.com.
Fans can donate to the cause by sending a check payable to the Skip Prosser Foundation and mailing to: CollegeInsider.com 410 Prospect Street Norwood, MA 02062, Attn: Skip Prosser Foundation. Donations can also be sent via text message by texting “Skip” to 48510.
Prosser was the former Wake Forest head coach who passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack. He spent 21 years coaching at the collegiate level at Loyola (Md.), Xavier, and Wake Forest. He made 18 postseason appearances and is the only coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the NCAA Tournament during his first year with that program.
“The idea was to create awareness for heart disease through competition,” says CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. “We wanted to create something that coaches could have fun with. The fun but competitive nature of this event is something that I am sure coach Prosser would have enjoyed.”
Delaware (1-2), coming off a 72-64 win over Cornell in the home opener Tuesday night, will continue action at the Bob Carpenter Center Saturday when the Blue Hens host Lafayette at 2 p.m. Tickets are available on-line at www.bluehens.com or by calling 302-831-2257. Tickets are also available at the gate the day of the game.