Coaching Legend To Head Youth Camp

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One of the finest prep coaches in Arizona basketball history has agreed to host the upcoming Fall Break Basketball Camp to be held 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 in Wilson Dome.

Retired Paradise Valley boys basketball coach Bill Farrell is the legend who will bring his considerable experience to his position as camp director.

Farrell is one of the most recognized and respected names in prep basketball circles, having reaped about every coaching honor possible.

He was the state’s boys basketball coach of the year in 1995 and 1997 and has won numerous regional coach of the year honors.

At Paradise Valley High School, Farrell’s teams won two titles in three seasons in 4A, taking the 1995 and 1997 championships. The 1997 team finished 29-2 while the 1995 team went 29-4 and edged Cottonwood Mingus, 54-52, in the finale.

During his prep career, he coached three high school All-Americans and a state player of the year.

On Dec. 2, 2005, the Paradise Valley High School gymnasium was renamed in honor of Farrell.

He has also worked as an assistant director at the prestigious Phoenix Suns camps of John McLeod and Cotton Fitzsimmons.

Most importantly about Farrell is that he obviously is an “old school” coach who stresses fundamentals and discipline much like some of the other Arizona coaching legends including Sammy Duane, Royce Youree, Tom Bennett and Jerry Conner.

Parents who enroll their children in the upcoming camp can rest assured that Farrell and his staff will preach the fundamentals of footwork, ball handling, passing and catching, dribbling and dribble moves, shooting, rebounding and defense.

The curriculum will also likely include the mental aspects of the game including attitudes or “The Right Stuff” — making the good player great and the role players who come off the bench to become tremendous assets to their team.

Others facets of the game he could include are academics and the student athlete, conditioning, nutrition and having an individual practice plan.

Anyone who talks to Farrell at any length realizes he is also a huge proponent of using the sport to build character in boys and young men.

Those who know Farrell well say his underlying commitment to the sport is to teach the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

The camp is open to aspiring players entering the third through ninth grades.

The fee is $35, which includes a camp T-shirt.

Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

To sign up, log on to www.payson parks.com or call (928) 474-5242, ext 7.

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