Basketball Acumen Second to None
Ron Gates is the associate head coach of the new Blue Knights men’s basketball team. Gates’ basketball roots go all the way back to the mid-1960s when he played point guard for Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, N.Y. His coach was basketball legend, Marv Kessler, who is regarded as one of the master teachers of the game. From there, Gates went to the University of Tennessee to play for another legend, Ray Mears.
Gates began his storied career with the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Mavericks in 1990. “Ron Gates was my assistant for all my 20 seasons at MCTC,” said Blue Knights Head Coach Jay Pivec. “Ron develops strong relationships with his players and his basketball acumen is second to none.”
One highlight of Gates’ brilliant career was his six-week stint as the assistant coach to Herb Brown, the NBA coaching great, for the U.S. team at the 17th World Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish athletic event much like the Olympics. Brown and Gates led the U.S. team to a bronze medal at the 2005 Games.
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Top Recruit Thrilled about V-Ball’s First Season
Bailey Anderson, a 6’1” outside hitter, has been playing volleyball since she was seven years old. An 18-year-old freshman on the new Blue Knights women’s volleyball team, Anderson lettered in volleyball at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, graduating in 2010. She is also the head coach of the Eastview Junior Olympics volleyball team.
“I know it will be an amazing experience playing on a new team,” said Anderson, who is enrolled in the Exercise and Sport Science program with plans to attend a four-year after graduating from DCTC. “I can’t wait to play.”
Head Coach Kari Peterson reported that DCTC volleyball, which will compete as an independent at the NJCAA Division II level starting fall 2011, has found a home for games and practices at the High Performance Academy in Eagan. “Like our team, this facility is brand new,” Peterson said. “The seven volleyball courts are beautiful with nets that lower from the ceiling.”
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- Kari Peterson
Head Volleyball Coach