Month: April 2019

From Mayde Creek to Final Four, McCormick a boon for Auburn



While at home with his wife, lounging on the couch watching Auburn play North Carolina in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last week, Nick Barosh perked up.

Barosh had a vested interest in the game, having coached Auburn junior guard J’Von McCormick from 2012-13 to 2015-16 at Mayde Creek High. And he saw McCormick, in his first season as a Tiger after two years at Lee Junior College, about to do what J’Von McCormick does.

“Just playing in the SEC is a huge accomplishment in itself,” said Barosh, now at Seven Lakes Junior High. “But the other night is when it really, really hit me, when he went end-to-end for a layup at the end of the first half against North Carolina. I told my wife, ‘This is J’Von’s specialty. This is J’Von.’ He goes full court and does these types of things. It went viral on social media, but it was nothing new.

“In my opinion, he’s the fastest guard in the country.”

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Katy native Brian Burg climbs coaching ladder all the way to Final Four

Texas Tech men’s basketball assistant coach Brian Burg. (COURTESY TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS)


After wrapping up a brief stint as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division III Lake Erie College in 2005, Brian Burg did not know where the next chapter of his career would be written.

All he knew was he wanted to be a college basketball coach.

So for 29 straight days, the Katy native wrote letters to then-Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight and then-assistant Chris Beard. Burg met Beard as a 13-year-old when Beard coached summer camps at the University of Texas in Austin. Burg had since followed Beard’s career because of his “obvious passion and ability to communicate with young people.”

“Every single possession, in a summer camp, you could see his drive and passion,” Burg said.

On the 29th day, Burg finally received a call from Beard.

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Texas coaching legend Eddie Joseph dies, impact lives on

Katy High coach Gary Joseph, right, shakes his father Eddie’s hand after Gary won his 200th career coaching game in November in Katy. (PHOTO BY DENNIS SILVA II)


Eddie Joseph, a Texas high school coaching icon, died early Sunday morning at the age of 86 years old.

His son, renowned Katy High football coach Gary Joseph, delivered the news on Twitter not long after Eddie’s passing.

Eddie Joseph was synonymous with the essence of coaching. He coached for the kids, and he coached because he believed in the value athletics provided for young lives.

“A coach’s coach,” many would say.

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