The coach of the cinderella team in this year’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament is one of us.
It’s a job that never ends. When there’s no game, college basketball coaches are either on the practice floor, out recruiting, dealing with the NCAA’s tome of a rule book, running a camp or talking with boosters. For the head man at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, collecting provides the ultimate outlet.
Brian Giorgis and the Red Foxes saw their dream season end Sunday at the hands of Pat Summit’s Tennessee Lady Vols. How does he handle the pressure of being a Division I college basketball coach? He’s got a house full of autographed sports cards and memorabilia..
On the morning that prize recruit Meg Dahlman phoned Giorgis to turn down his scholarship offer, Giorgis left work early for the only time in his five seasons and bought a boatload of cards to try and forget about it.
"I was so devastated," Giorgis told the Times Herald-Record. "I just went to my assistants and said, ‘I can’t work today.’ I just went home and sat in my place. I worked on my cards. I was crushed.”
Dahlman spent a season at Holy Cross but was never happy. She’s now at Marist–and a key contributor to the team’s improbable NCAA run.