Amidst all the garbage we’re wading through from Washington DC, I must say I had a great day yesterday that reaffirmed my belief in our nation. It started out with the Fallen Heroes Ceremony at Pompano Beach HS. It ended at a small local university, Northwood University in West Palm Beach. The occasion was the court dedication for one of the greatest coaches in college basketball, Roland V. “Rollie” Massimino.According to his official bio on the Northwood University website:
Renowned as one of the best coaching minds in America, Coach Rollie Massimino enters his eighth season as head coach of the Northwood University men’s basketball team. After leading his 2012-13 team to the NAIA National Championships for the seventh consecutive season. After building the program from scratch in 2006, Massimino has transformed Northwood basketball into a national powerhouse in the NAIA. He has compiled an outstanding record of 201 wins and 41 losses (.830) in the program’s short history. Massimino, best known for guiding the Villanova Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA Championship, has amassed 717 wins in his 37 seasons as a college basketball head coach. Following the 2012-13 season, Massimino was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and will be enshrined in November 2013.
On December 29th, 2012, Coach Massimino became the 39th coach to record 700 career wins, and became just the third coach in college basketball history to reach the 700-win plateau and win an NCAA National Championship during their coaching career.
Some of you may say, so what? Well, this year I was honored to be nominated and selected to be on the Board of Governors of Northwood University in Florida. And for me to stand next to a legend this evening was memorable. To be a member of the Board of Governors of an institution where the mission is to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society is highly rewarding. The core values statement of Northwood University is, “We believe in the advantages of an entrepreneurial, free-enterprise society, individual freedom and individual responsibility, and functioning from a foundation of ethics and integrity.”At a time when we see college students disrespecting war heroes and major city police chiefs, Northwood is an institution of higher learning that does it ol’ school — not progressive socialist indoctrination, just good learning. By the way, they were leading by 16 points at half when I left…and their women’s soccer team just won their conference. Northwood is truly a school of champions, in the classroom and on the field of competition, and I’m honored to be associated with this institution.