The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 15, 2001 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 15, 2001
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Most Caring Coach 2001 This guy's got game CBS' Craig Kilborn credits his ninth-grade basketball coach. Who will you nominate? H ONORING COMMUNITY and school leaders who teach young people life skills as well as games is what USA WEEKEND' S Most Caring Coach Awards are aU about. Craig Kilborn of CBS, the network whose Early Show co-sponsors the ninth-annual awards, knows the type. Host­ ing the 2001 TV Guide Awards last month, the funnyman took a moment to single out for appreciation Jake Moore, his ninth-grade basketball coach in Hastings, Minn. To Kilborn, the former ESPN SportsCenter anchor who now hosts CBS' Late Late Shaw, Moore is always "Coach Moore." Coach Moore with the clipboard. Coach Moore, his head full of statistics — useful or trivial. Coach Moore, who refused to let Kilborn blow off a game. Kilborn was convinced he was sick one day, and didn't bring his uniform to the gym. 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If not totally delighted, yoa may return your purchase for a prompt re/imd of the purchase price — no questions askedl VISIT OUR WEB SITE! http ://www ©2001 NaUonal SyndicaUons, Inc. General Oflices: 580 South Research Place, Central IsUp, NY 11722-1415 The award Is open to all coaches who work with school or community sports programs. From your nominations, an all-star panel — Including Audrey Welslger, US. men's Olympic swim team coach Mark Schubert and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre — will select five winners. Each will receive SSOO.To nominate a favorite coach, describe the coach and his or her work In the past year in 250 words or less. You may send news clippings, but they cannot be returned. The nomination must include all five of the following: 1) Name of coach; 2) Coach's team/ activity; 3) Your name and daytime telephone number, with area code; 4) Your address, dty, state and ZIP code; 5) Name of the newspaper in which you read USA WEEKEND Magazine. Nominatkxismust be postmarked by May 1S. Or enter online by May 15 at or Send to: Most Caring Coach USA WEEKEND 1000Wilson Blvd. Arilngton,Va. 22229 Employees of CBS, Gannett and USA WEEKEND carrier newspapers, and family members of those enipk)yees,are ineligible. Honorees must sign a release. Entries become the property of USA WEEKEND and will not be returned. Held In conjunction with the Most Caring Athlete Awards. tUSA WEEKEND € THEEfllUYSHOW* MOST CARING COACH sternly told his star he wasn't getting off that easy "Always bring your uniform," the coach scolded. "Tfou're playing. Find out how to get a uniform." At halftime, a teammate gave up his. "I had 19 points in 12 minutes and dunked in the second half," Kilborn says fondly. Moore had never seen a ninth- grade kid dunk, ever. "It just shattered the other team," the coach says. Tlie two remain in touch. When Kjlbom, 38, received a key to his hometown a few years ago, Moore was at his side as he revisited his old school and neighborhood. "These places mean a lot to him," Moore says. "The courts where he used to play, the place where he first chipped his tooth." It's the kind of bond between mentor and yoimgster that exemplifies the spirit of the Most Caring Coach Awards. Now 55, the coach recalls the kid as, well, different. Craig was happy wearing $13 canvas sneakers when the other boys were blowing a fortune on leather Nikes. This young man didn't just understand the game better than his teammates; he actually got the coach's jokes: tiny, nuanced observations about people—the kind of the humor that has become the kid's trademark on TV. "Watching Craig play was like having a 19-year-old on the team, not a 14-year- old," says Moore, still coaching after 30 years. Recalls Kilborn: "When I was a sophomore at Montana State University, I scored 20 points. I hit eight of nine shots—four of four from three-point land. And the three- point shot was much farther out back then. It was much harder to make. I sent a tape of the game to my dad, so he and Coach Moore could sit down and watch it together. My best 40 minutes on a college basketball court." ca 8 USA WEEKEND • April 13-15,2001

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