Kilsyth Basketball Director of Coaching Rod Popp recently went to the United States on a professional development trip. The purpose of the trip was to renew and make new contacts, observe college and trainings and games and to touch base with former Kilsyth players that are currently playing college basketball in the States. The trip started in Florida and ended in Illinois with stops in Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin. 

Observe Trainings and Games

Rod spent a week at Stetson University in Deland Florida. At Stetson Rod observed several team trainings, and sat in on coaches meetings. He also watched the team play three games, two of which were on the road at the University of Florida and Florida State University.

From Florida he flew to Atlanta Georgia and attended a training session at West Georgia University and observed them play a game at Georgia College & State University.

After two days in Georgia he flew to Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended a Gardener Webb University training session and watched them play the University of North Carolina. Prior to that game Rod visited the recently opened University of North Carolina Basketball Museum and also was able to visit the Duke University Campus.

After the 48 hours in North Carolina Rod flew to Chicago, Illinois rented a vehicle and drove to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He watched Viterbo University play a game and observed training the next day. From there he drove to Normal, Illinois and watched the Basketball Travellers Classic Basketball Tournament over the next three days. Participating teams were Illinois State University, St. Bonaventure University, Norfolk State University and Southeast Missouri University. While in Normal he visited the Illinois State University Campus and made a visit to the Sports Management Department. I also caught up with Branden Jung who will be doing an internship at Kilsyth Basketball starting February 2010.

Visits with Former Kilsyth Players

While on the trip Rod was able to spend quality time with the following former Kilsyth players:

Graeme Radford – Junior – Stetson University

Joel Naburgs – Freshman – Stetson University

Liam McInerney – Freshman – Stetson University

Brett Seljak – Freshman -West Georgia University

Auryn MacMillan – Senior – Gardner Webb University

Cameron Johnson – Freshman – Viterbo University

All of the players are doing very well both academically and athletically. Their coaches speak very highly of each and they are integral members of their respective teams.