DCTC head coach Jay Pivec to speak at NCAA Final Four April 1

DCTC’s Jay Pivec will speak among his peers at the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches annual convention

National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame and Dakota County Technical College head coach, Jay Pivec, has been selected to speak at the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches annual convention on April 1, which runs during the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. He will be the only NJCAA coach speaking among other NCAA coaches.

“It is an honor,” said Pivec about being selected to speak. “I’m the only NJCAA coach representing our organization. You’re speaking to your peers, so there will be all kinds of different coaches there from all different levels. You get to spread the word about Minnesota basketball, spread the word about community college and junior college basketball, and certainly about Dakota County Technical College, technical education and what that is all about. I was honored when they asked me to do it.” According to Pivec, they were looking for someone to speak and when they asked him, he said, “I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity.” His topic for the clinic is Play More Zone, Win More Games.

The Professional Development Series of the NABC convention is a comprehensive, on-going continuing education program for basketball coaches of all levels. The focus of the program is to develop well-rounded basketball coaches on a professional and personal level. The intent is to create opportunities for interacting with colleagues and exchanging ideas in at atmosphere conducive to professional growth.

Other notable speakers this year include: Shaka Smart, head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University; Steve Fisher, head coach at San Diego State University; Jay Wright, head coach at Villanova University; Dave Rose, head coach at Brigham Young University; and Chris Mack, head coach at Xavier University.

Pivec is the head coach for DCTC’s new men’s basketball team, finishing their inaugural year ranked #10 on the NJCAA Division II poll. Prior to that, he was best known as the Hall of Fame coach for Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he posted a 425-115 record. In 2009, he was ranked NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year and coached eight NJCAA First-Team All-Americans.

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