New Majority Owner Of The Providence Anchors
Giovanni Feroce has purchased 51% of the Providence Anchors Basketball team and and is now the majority owner of the Providence Anchors Basketball team in the American Basketball Association, while Mr. Abdur Shabazz continues to hold the remaining 49% of the team.
Giovanni Feroce is a retired American military officer, former Rhode Island State Senator, and the former CEO of Alex and Ani. Feroce graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Advanced Management Program and from The United States John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s Civil Affairs Officer Advance Course. In 1992, at age 24, he was elected to serve in the Rhode Island State Senate; at the time, he was the country’s youngest state senator. There he served on the Corporations and Labor Committees, and as Secretary of the Joint Committee for Veteran’s Affairs as well as Commissioner of the Rhode Island State Lottery. He retired from the state legislature to run for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor, winning the 1994 Republican primary at the age of 26. In 2006, he ran for Delaware State Senate, losing to James T. Vaughn.
Bowling Green Bandits New Head Coach
Darnell Mee (born February 11, 1971) is an American-Australian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 34th overall pick (2nd round) of the 1993 NBA Draft
A 6’5″ guard, Mee played college basketball at Western Kentucky University for three seasons between 1990 and 1993, playing in 91 games and averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game. In his last college season, the 1992-93 season, he averaged 18.9 points per game and was named as an All-American. WKU reached the Sweet 16 that year with victories over Memphis and Florida State
Mee was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and traded to the Denver Nuggets. He played 40 games in the NBA, plus 3 of the Nuggets’ 12 playoff games in 1994. He also played in the CBA for the Yakima Sun Kings, France for BCM Gravelines, Italy for Kinder Bologna, and Germany for Leverkusen, before finally settling in Australia to play for the Canberra Cannons in the NBL. He played for the Cannons for one season (1996) before signing with the Adelaide 36ers. There he was joined by former Denver teammate Kevin Brooks. The import duo helped the 36ers to win the 1998 and 1998-99 NBL championships. Mee continued with the team until the end of 2001. He then moved to the Cairns Taipans for 2003 before moving again to the Wollongong Hawks for the 2004-05 NBL season. He then returned to the Taipans where he played until retiring at the end of the 2008-09 season. During his NBL career, Mee was often regarded as the best defensive player in the league, winning the NBL’s Best Defensive Player award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006. He was also selected to the NBL’s First Team in 2001 and 2005 and won selection in several NBL All-Star Game’s including 2005.
Catching Up With ABA Coaching Legend Steve Tucker
A coaching legend in the American Basketball Association, there’s few coaches at any level who have found the consistent success like Steve Tucker has. The head coach of Phillips College when he was just twenty two years old, Coach Tucker has had his fair share of stops along the way, including coaching in seven different professional leagues. Currently, the head coach of the Shreveport-Bassier Mavericks, the reigning 2013-2014 ABA Champions, we were able to secure an online interview with the stand-out coach to recap some his stellar career and what’s in store for the future.
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PHW: First of all, you’re coming off arguably the greatest season in ABA history with the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, a year in which your team went 34-0 and won the ABA Championship. What made this year’s team so special that they were able to dominate the competition like they did?
ST: We had a very special group of men that made up our team. From the core group that has been with us all of these years, to the newcomers that meshed in so well within what we do with our Mavericks. We do things a little differently, from practicing twice daily all season long to the work habits we demand from our players on a daily basis. This team to a man, bought into doing things the “Mavericks way” and it showed up in our discipline both on and off the court. This group of special men bonded together to form a special team that made history and along the way, won another championship. It was truly a special team.
PHW: The ABA season may not start until November but already, I’m sure you’re getting your team prepared in one way or another. What has the off-season been like following last year’s success and what are the expectations for the upcoming season?
ST: As a coaching staff, we met the morning after we won the Championship to start mapping out our strategy to make the “Drive to Win #4″! So we started that process immediately. Our public/community relations staff have been busy the entire off-season within our Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana community making appearances and keeping our pro basketball organization consistently involved in the cities. Our coaches and players have also been deeply involved in this process. Our marketing department has been busy as well with corporate sponsorships and season ticket sales. We have also had many basketball clinics and camps, so we’ve all been busy selling the product that is “Mavericks Pro Basketball”. To be successful, you have to work at it! You cannot live on your laurels! You must stay active and that has been the make up of our off-season with our Mavericks. We have had an outstanding recruiting year too and we’ve filled our needs for our team. We felt we needed to get younger and more athletic and we feel we have done just that. Our only expectation is to win it again next season! Go Mavs – Mav Up!!! The “Drive for #4″ is on!
PHW: You have so many coaching accolades that they’re almost hard to keep track of but some of them include being named National Coach of the Year by Eurobasket/USBasket and Pro Basketball News and being a mainstay on the sidelines of the ABA All-Star game. What do you believe it is about your coaching style that has made you such a successful coach?
ST: I have been very fortunate over the years, for I’ve coached some outstanding and very talented players. I’ve also had some excellent coaches work with me on my coaching staffs. I must give most of the credit to them for they’ve all helped me so much. The awards and such, I share in with all of them. I do believe that my intensity to get the job done, meticulous planning and work ethic are things that help me. There are many out there who have great knowledge of the game but there is no one who is going to out work me on a consistent daily basis. I will keep going when others falter! That is something that I’ve always possessed and it is my greatest strength. It has helped me through my successes and failures. It is something I always go to for guidance as I keep moving forward.
PHW: You’ve been named ABA National Coach of the Year four times and you had a huge honor bestowed upon you when you were named ABA Coach of the Decade for 2001-2010. What does an accolade like that mean to your personally?
ST: You’re always touched when good things like that happen to you. I’m very humbled to have been honored in so many ways over the years. I’m blessed! Whenever success crosses your path, I think you have to keep things in perspective. I have a great owner and friend in Mr. Jerry Nelson, who allows me the stage to do what I do. His belief in me has allowed me the opportunity to build a special professional basketball team and organization with our Mavericks. What I have achieved has come through the successes of our team and I am so thankful to have an owner who allows me the opportunity to teach and coach the game of basketball.
PHW: You’ve coached in a lot of different places and different leagues, including at the collegiate level, in the United Kingdom and in handful of different professional leagues here in the United States. However, lately you’ve really seemed to find a home in the ABA. What makes a league like the ABA the perfect fit for a veteran coach like yourself?
ST: Over the years, I have seen the good and the bad the game of professional and college basketball brings to the table as a whole (so to speak). I have worked with an awful lot of good people and I’ve worked with some bad ones too. I’ve learned from both over the years. All have had an impact on me. All in some way have helped in what we’ve built here with our Mavericks. Jerry Nelson and I have had to overcome a lot together to have built what we’ve built here with our Mavericks. Right now, I am working with the best person I’ve ever worked with in pro sports in Ms. Debra Green, our General Manager of our Mavericks. Debra and I are quite a team and we work so well together. She has been such a big part of what we’re doing with our pro basketball organization here. What we do fits perfectly into the American Basketball Association. It fits because the makeup of the ABA gives you the freedom to build your organization and team in the way that you want to build it. So many pro basketball leagues in the USA and around the world truly tie your hands. We’ve been allowed through working within the ABA, to build the Mavericks into the vision we have for our Mavs. We are allowed to work in the manner that is best for us and that has allowed us to build something truly special. For me, I still have great goals and aspirations. I still would like to be a head coach in the NBA, for I believe that what we do within our program and system is special. I have no doubt it would work in the NBA and it would win championships on that level too. Jerry Nelson calls how we play “The System”. All I know is that I am going to keep teaching and coaching our system for as long as God will allow me to. It is special to be a basketball coach and I am honored to have been just that for many years. I know that for sure!
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