STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – It may seem like a year of firsts for Franciscan University’s head basketball coaches, but that couldn’t be more farther from the truth. Coaches John Lamanna and Suzy Delaney bring their seasoned expertise and an athletics-minded, character-development vision to their first-ever summer basketball camps.
Wrapping up his first season as Franciscan’s head men’s basketball coach, Lamanna brings years of camp experience to the Ohio Valley. While working as an assistant basketball coach at the University of California, Davis, he held two stints working with USA Basketball—first with the Youth Festival Trials and second with the Junior National Team and Pan American Team trials. Now Lamanna is ready to mix his experience with the sports and spirituality philosophy held at Franciscan.
“We are offering basketball camps to share our passion for sports and spirituality with the community, but more importantly the local youth,” he said. “Basketball is a sport that offers incredible life lessons while building character. We are looking forward to introducing our new basketball camps to the community.”
“Each (participant) will get an opportunity to learn the importance of attitude as it relates to athletics,” added Coach Delaney, “such as being a good teammate and being a coachable player. An emphasis on character development in athletics will be a daily part of camp.”
Delaney played local high school basketball at Union Local High, and was named Best Defensive Player during her two years playing at Wheeling Jesuit University. She was recently promoted to the new women’s head coach following the resignation of former head coach Luke Heusel.
Fundamentals and sportsmanship couldn’t be emphasized enough by the two coaches.
“Each camp will focus primarily on the fundamental skills of the game, rules of the game, but most importantly how to be a good teammate,” said Lamanna.
“Coaches will encourage the players to always give their best effort and will promote a sense of sportsmanship,” Delaney noted.
The basketball camps are run as separate male and female camps, with Franciscan’s respective coaching staffs and current players assisting Lamanna and Delaney on the court.
“I look forward to having assistant coach, Carrie Mitchell, there to help girls improve their post play,” said Delaney. “As a former Portland State center with records in shooting percentages, blocked shots, and free-throws, I know the participants will find her instruction invaluable.”
Delaney’s high school camp kicks off the summer June 4-6, with girls ages 13-18 (entering ninth-12th grade) invited to register for the afternoon camp running from 1-4 p.m.
Girls’ beginner and youth camps follow at the end of July, with a morning youth camp from 9 a.m. until noon running July 30-August 2. The youth camp is open to girls ages 8-12.
The girls’ beginners camp takes place on the same days during the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m. The camp is open to girls 4-7 years old.
Lamanna hosts his camps during the month of August, with several beginner and youth camp options available. Boys’ youth camps run August 6-9 or August 13-16 during the morning from 9 a.m. until noon. The youth camp is open to boys ages 8-12. The beginner camps, for ages 4-7, run on the same days during the afternoons from 1-4 p.m.
“I am very excited about the future of our camps and looking forward to a large turnout,” said Lamanna.
“We look forward to welcoming the participants to our campus and showing them what Franciscan University is all about,” added Delaney.
For more information about Franciscan University’s summer camps, please visit http://franciscanathletics.com/summercamps/index to download a copy of the summer camp brochure and register today.