Viking coaches work elite Marquette University basketball camp

Jul 1st, 2013 @ 11:04 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Two Valley City State University basketball coaches spent a week working with some of the best in the business during the Marquette University Men's Basketball Camp.

VCSU women's assistant Lavesa Glover and men's assistant Matt Karlgaard both worked as coaches and instructors during the camp held June 24-28 in Milwaukee, Wisc. More than 430 kids from ages 4-17 attended the camp at Marquette, an NCAA Division I school that has been a regular in the Top 25 polls. Current men's head coach Buzz Williams guided Marquette to an appearance in the Elite Eight and a share of the Big East Conference championship last season.

"Being around a group as elite as Marquette Basketball is awesome," said Glover. "You learn so much from them."

Glover, who is entering her second year as an assistant coach for the Viking women, worked as the camp commissioner for kids ages 4-7 during the Marquette camp. She oversaw day-to-day activities and games for those campers. It was the second time she has worked at the camp.

“To be a part of a camp like this is special in many ways," she said. "It is truly one of the highlights of my summers."

Karlgaard worked with players in the NBA Division, which included ages 13-17. He coached his "Milwaukee Bucks" team of campers to a 10-2 record and a second-place finish after they advanced to the camp's championship game.

Karlgaard, who started his coaching career as a VCSU student assistant, just completed his third full season at VCSU as an assistant coach for Jeff Kaminsky. He said the Marquette camp proved to be very valuable.

“Working a camp this large was a new experience and one that I learned a lot from," he said. "The coaches at Marquette University did a great job with the camp, and I learned from them some things that can make camps at VCSU better in the future.”

The Valley City State University basketball teams are both coming off trips to the NAIA national tournament. The Viking women set a school record with 24 wins last season and advanced to the national tournament for the third straight season. The Viking men made it to nationals last year for the first time in the 22-year history of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.