Shaheen Holloway opens up on Saint Peter’s March Madness run

Coach Shaheen Holloway took a second from Saint Peter’s Cinderella run to go one-on one with The Put up’s Steve Serby: 

Q: Do you want underdogs and underdog tales? 

A: I find it irresistible ’trigger I’m the underdog story. Coming from the place I got here from in New York, coming to Jersey, 5-foot-10 man turning into a highschool All-American, and staying residence to go to varsity, to imagine in your self, suppose that you could possibly construct a workforce that was down a little bit bit to make ’em a contender. The whole lot I did, I at all times did as an underdog. I went to St. Patrick, no one by no means heard of it. After I left there, it was a family identify. After I went to Seton Corridor, it was down; after I left there, we bought it again up. Once we took the job at Iona, it was down. 

Q: Your workforce represents New York-New Jersey to a tee, proper? 

A: Completely. You set your exhausting hat on, you’re lacing your Timberland boots up, and also you’re able to go to work. That’s what my workforce represents. 

Q: Is your workforce on Cloud 9, or will it’s important to knock your guys off Cloud 9? 

A: Nah, these guys are so level-headed. I don’t brag on these guys like I ought to … nice children, nice college students, come from nice households. I’m the fortunate one. 

Q: How will they deal with the massive second? The magnitude of the Candy 16? 

A: How will they deal with the massive second? Do you understand what these younger gents achieved already? These younger gents that lots of people didn’t need, they didn’t suppose was ok, not solely received a MAAC championship, went into the NCAA Match, beat probably the greatest identify colleges in historical past. … That everyone thought was a fluke. … Got here again and received a second recreation towards one other nice workforce, Murray State. These guys ain’t frightened about no moments like that. These guys are simply on the market doing what they like to do and that’s hooping, man, that’s it. How are you going to be afraid of one thing that you simply like to do? These guys ain’t frightened about no moments. I’m not letting them fear about no moments. I attempt to maintain ’em off social media as a lot as attainable, don’t take heed to all of the hoopla. This week has been a loopy week for us to this point, get a number of consideration, what they deserve. However they’re simply on the market simply hooping and taking part in. They usually nonetheless bought one thing to show. 

Q: The traits of the best Shaheen Holloway basketball participant? 

A: There’s three issues: One, you gotta be robust and tough-minded. Second is you gotta love the sport of basketball. And third it’s important to be coachable. When you bought these three issues you possibly can play for me. When you ain’t bought these three issues, you possibly can’t play for me. 

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Q: Why would Shaheen Holloway the participant take pleasure in taking part in for Shaheen Holloway the coach? 

A: As a result of Shaheen as a participant has all of the intangibles that Shaheen as a coach loves — he’s robust, he’s hard-nose, he will get after it, he performs with a chip on his shoulder, and I let my guards play. When you get after it on the defensive finish, I’ll allow you to play offense as a lot as you need. 

Q: Give me an instance of the way you had been tough-minded as a participant. 

A: Nothing fazed me. Coaches yelling at, nothing fazed me. I had the last word aim the place I assumed I used to be higher than you, I’m gonna go on the market and show it. You gotta play with a chip in your shoulder. I had a chip on my shoulder as a participant, I bought a chip on my shoulder as a coach. 

Q: Why do you might have a chip in your shoulder as a coach? 

A: As a result of you recognize what? I gotta be sincere with you, there’s a stereotype on the market about an African-American man that they’ll solely recruit. They’re not good coaches, they’re not X-and-O guys. There’s lots of people that say they didn’t suppose I might take over and run my very own program. They didn’t suppose I used to be gonna achieve success ’trigger I wasn’t a great X-and-O man, simply was a recruiter, or this or that. That kinda stuff fueled me, as a participant and as a coach. After I was a participant, I used to be too small, you possibly can’t do that, you possibly can’t do this. You’re not gonna be capable of go to a highschool and do that, you’re by no means gonna be capable of go to varsity, you possibly can’t do that. All that stuff was gas to the fireplace. There’s a stereotype on the market proper now that the majority younger African-American coaches are good recruiters, not good coaches, X-and-O guys. I’m on the market to show that incorrect each single day, so for the subsequent man to get a job, he received’t have that very same factor on him. 

Q: You may go one-on-one with any NBA participant in historical past. 

A: I’ve a narrative, after I was taking part in within the ABA, in Chicago (Skyliners). Michael Jordan was popping out of retirement, and he was coming again taking part in five-on-five with us to get again in form. And I keep in mind Michael Jordan was guarding me. Michael Jordan talked Michael Jordan stuff, and I gave him a pleasant crossover and scored on him, that was one of many highlights of my profession ever. I bought a number of highlights, however that was big-time simply due to him and his competitiveness and the way he was speaking and taking part in. 

Q: What was he saying? 

A: He simply was taking part in exhausting and speaking smack, and elbow you and never allow you to get to sure spots, and simply taking part in bodily. And what he didn’t know was that was up my alley. I cherished that. 

Q: What was his response after the crossover? 

A: He got here down and scored the subsequent 5 baskets on me (snicker). 

Q: However nonetheless you had that one second. 

A: Yeah completely. I cherish that one second. 

Q: What’s your definition of management? 

A: In case you are a pacesetter, folks gotta be prepared to observe you, and the way are folks gonna observe you? … You’ve bought to be constant. And do what you say, and say what you imply. 

Q: How would you describe your teaching model? 

A: I’m fiery, I’m very passionate, and I’m very constant. All my guys’ll inform you an identical factor. I’m in line with each final particular person. 

Q: How do you encourage? 

A: I’m totally different, proper? I like guys to specific themself on the court docket. My motivation is working guys out, pumping ’em up, making them really feel like they might accomplish any and the whole lot, the largest mountain, like — ‘Oh, it’s solely that? Oh, it’s solely this? We might do this, that’s simple.’ My motivation is to get guys taking part in and believing that they might do issues that they didn’t suppose that they might do. 

Shaheen Holloway speaks with Saint Peter's playersJaylen Murray (32) and Doug Edert.
Shaheen Holloway speaks with Saint Peter’s gamers Jaylen Murray (32) and Doug Edert.
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Q: Do you might have favourite motivational or inspirational sayings? 

A: I’ve a couple of (snicker). I believe the one which I keep on with essentially the most rather a lot is: When you don’t stand for one thing you fall for something. And that’s what I inform my gamers on a regular basis. 

Q: Any others? 

A: You may’t pay attention and discuss on the identical time. If I’m making an attempt to let you know one thing and also you’re giving me solutions again earlier than I even end, you possibly can’t pay attention and discuss on the identical time. It’s inconceivable. 

Q: What drives you? 

A: The need to wish to be actually good at my craft. The need to show lots of people incorrect. I believe there’s lots of people on the market that’s cheering for me, however there are lots of people on the market that don’t wish to see me do nicely. That’s simply how life is, man. The need to maintain going, and ensure my children perceive that on this world, with a view to achieve success, it’s important to work exhausting, and also you gotta overcome rather a lot. 

Q: Getting minimize by the Knicks? 

A: Heartbreaking. As a child rising up in New York Metropolis, there’s the Knicks, and there was the Mets, as a result of I’m from Queens. Popping out I had an opportunity to decide on between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks to go to what camp. And I selected the Knicks simply due to being New York. I assumed I did nicely sufficient to make the workforce. They’d three guys underneath contract on the time, which was Chris Childs, Charlie Ward and I believe it was Rick Brunson. I didn’t know the unhealthy aspect of the politics on the time. Rick had accomplished an ideal job of incomes his stripes there, and all people cherished him, and he earned it. 

Q: How would you describe your taking part in profession after Seton Corridor? 

A: I assumed it coulda went other ways. I assumed I shoulda made the Nets. Jason Kidd bought damage. I assumed it was my job. However they felt they wanted a place to begin guard they usually went out and bought Travis Finest. I attempted to remain near residence considering that that may be a bonus, and it turned out to be an obstacle. 

Q: Flash again to main Seton Corridor to the Candy 16 in 2000. 

A: Clearly, I flash again to my senior 12 months, my first time making the NCAA Match was an enormous factor. I knew I used to be gonna play nicely, I used to be so juiced up and amped up and hyped as much as play. Clearly hitting the game-winning shot [against Oregon], scoring 27 factors that recreation, it was like an incredible excessive for me. After which the primary 5 minutes of the second recreation [against Temple], breaking my ankle and having my desires and the whole lot trashed proper in entrance of my eyes was a serious, main disappointment, and never with the ability to play within the Candy 16 [against Oklahoma State] was simply heartbreaking, ’trigger it’s one thing you’re employed your complete life for. It was proper there, and you may’t do it, man. It was devastating. 

Q: When did you get the teaching bug? 

A: Since I used to be taking part in. I knew that I used to be gonna be a coach, I simply didn’t comprehend it was gonna be this quick. I ended taking part in as a result of I needed to care for my daughter. I used to be taking part in in Germany on the time, signed a two-year contract. My daughter kinda wanted me in her life greater than I used to be. 

Q: What was it like having a daughter (Shatanik) if you had been 15? 

A: I had a number of relations there to assist, nevertheless it was like a child elevating a child. 

Q: Not simple at 15, proper? 

A: It’s not simple at 40 (snicker). However undoubtedly not simple at 15 for certain. 

Shaheen Holloway while playing at Seton Hall.
Shaheen Holloway whereas taking part in at Seton Corridor.
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Q: Fatherhood? 

A: It retains me on my toes. My son Xavier is 9, I attempt to assist him turn out to be a great participant. Tyson shall be 2 on Friday. 

Q: How’s your diaper recreation? 

A: Take into consideration this — I bought my daughter who’s 28 years outdated. … I bought expertise with it. 

Q: Coaches in different sports activities you admire? 

A: I’m a sports activities fanatic. I like the job that Invoice Belichick does. … Doc Rivers. … on the baseball aspect, Dusty Baker, I like him rather a lot. 

Q: Did you ever textual content any of them? 

A: I don’t do this, I learn a number of books, I like my man Herm Edwards, and I like my man Tony Dungy. He’s the actual deal, man. 

Q: You may decide the mind of any coach in NBA historical past? 

A: I like Pat Riley. I by no means learn his ebook, however I cherished the best way his guys responded to him, and he bought on ’em. It’s the identical factor with Chuck Daly, man, God relaxation his soul. He was one among my favorites as a result of he was a tough-minded, exhausting coach that bought on his guys and by no means wavered. 

Q: Bloomfield Tech? 

A: Nick Mariniello gave me my first alternative to educate. 

Q: Kevin Willard? 

A: Believed in me, helped mould me to the coach I’m immediately. 

Q: What drove you as a younger boy? 

A: To be sincere, to get out of the ’hood, to make it out of South Jamaica, Queens. 

Q: Give me a way for a way unhealthy South Jamaica, Queens, was. 

A: It’s exhausting to speak unhealthy about it ’trigger it made me who I’m immediately. It was a troublesome internal metropolis. 

Q: You moved in together with your grandmother Emma Clemons in Hillside, N.J. 

A: Among the finest women you’re gonna meet in your life. We misplaced her a few years in the past. Real one who’d provide the shirt off her again. An individual that cared about me, not the basketball participant, however the particular person. Taught me rather a lot. After I got here to Jersey, she kinda was like a candy mother to me. 

Q: Describe your mom, Claudette. 

A: My mom is a troublesome, single dad or mum, raised three children — me, my brother, my sister — I get all my toughness and all my grit from her. She’s robust, she’s fiery, and he or she’s probably the greatest in the entire extensive world. 

Q: How was it for you and not using a father in your life? 

A: I didn’t really feel nothing about it ’trigger my mother did an ideal job. It takes a village, my mother and my grandmom, my complete household, did an ideal job of filling that void. The place he was at? I don’t know. I nonetheless don’t know. 

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Shaheen Holloway in Saint Peter’s observe as they put together for his or her Candy 16 matchup with Purdue.
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Q: How pleased with you is she? 

A: She’s super-proud, man. She’s my greatest fan. Her and my grandma (Dorothy) are my two greatest followers. They name me on a regular basis. These are two folks that I do it for. I labored so exhausting rising up for them as a result of I nonetheless owe them a home. I promised them that someway someway I’m gonna get it for ’em. 

Q: Greatest impediment or adversity you needed to overcome? 

A: My childhood wasn’t simple, I don’t speak about it that a lot as a result of I wish to maintain it to myself. However simply the impediment of me being the primary one in my household to ever graduate from faculty. Now it’s a development in my household. I set the tone for it, that’s the norm now. I bought seven, eight little cousins proper now which can be in faculty due to what I did. That’s humongous. 

Q: Boyhood idols? 

A: Isiah Thomas and Tim Hardaway. 

Q: Finest playground video games? 

A: I.S. 8 bought a slogan: Convey your recreation, not your identify. Since you would go in there and get embarrassed. 

Q: Two dinner visitors? 

A: Martin Luther King; Shaheen Holloway. And asking him, “What drives you, so hard? What makes you think that you could just go in there and coach with Coach Calipari and coach with these guys and think that you were gonna be successful all the way?” And the reply is: As a result of I imagine in myself. “Why do you have this big chip on your shoulder that’s the size of a boulder that gets you the way you are?” ’Trigger my workforce asks me that on a regular basis. “Why do you coach like that? Why do you coach so hard? Why do you coach with so much passion?” I bought this aggressive spirit that it simply comes out. 

Q: So that you don’t even want Shaheen Holloway there, you recognize the reply. 

A: Him and I discuss on a regular basis (snicker). 

Q: Favourite motion pictures? 

A: “Heat,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas.” 

Q: Favourite actors? 

A: Martin Lawrence; Denzel Washington. 

Q: Favourite actresses? 

A: Halle Berry; Nia Lengthy. 

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Shaheen Holloway

Q: Favourite singer/entertainer? 

A: My favourite rapper is Nas. Favourite singer is Mary J. Blige. 

Q: Favourite meal? 

A: Penne a la vodka with breaded rooster. 

Q: Why have you ever at all times believed a lot in your self? 

A: One among my childhood heroes rising up was (former Andrew Jackson Excessive College level guard) Dave Edwards. He handed away. He taught me the way to play, like I mould my recreation round his recreation. Coming from the place we got here from, to see all the fellows that didn’t make it, that had the expertise, that’s what drives me. 

Q: What’s it like being Shaheen Holloway as of late? 

A: I’m the identical particular person, man. I’m low-key. I bought a small circle. 

Q: Your legacy someday? 

A: Simply somebody that went on the market and gave it his all each single night time and had a ardour. One among my mobster phrases — I’m a person’s man. Which means you’re a standup man, you’re loyal, you’re real. You’re a person’s man. 

Q: What would the title of the Shaheen Holloway film be? 

A: A good friend of mine, Jamel Thomas, has a clothes line that I like — it’s known as The Lovely Battle. That will be the identify of my film. 

Q: It’s untimely to ask you concerning the vacant Seton Corridor job. 

A: I’m making an attempt to beat Purdue Friday night time. That’s all I care about proper now. Nothing else.

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