Catching up with Cam
To celebrate the return of former UofL WBB assistant
Cameron Newbauer to the KFC YUM Center as the head
coach of the Belmont Bruins...we contacted him and
asked ten questions. He graciously and quite eloquently
sent us this.
( We apologize in advance for the formatting in today's
1) Your feelings on returning to the KFC YUM! Center?
CAM:"I am very excited about our trip to the 'Ville tomorrow night. Sarah and I have so many great memories...from our time there and Sarah and I are looking forward to... seeing some good friends and great
people. We do understand this is a "business trip" and know it's one heck of a challenge for our team but our players are excited for the opportunity to play in such an atmosphere."
2) Who should we look for as your key players on the court against Louisville?
CAM:"We have seven seniors on our team and we rely pretty heavily on them. However after our last game, we will be making some adjustments to our starting lineup. Players to watch would be #13 Luffman-Hartsfield, #50 Sally McCabe, and #3 Frankie Joubran. 3) Your a dad ! Tell us about that.
CAM: "The birth of Chloe Joy has been such a blessing to Sarah and I! Cannot even begin to explain how amazing the experience has been. She will be making the trip tomorrow night as well but unfortunately she'll be dressed in Navy & Red." 4) What coaching skills you picked up from Coach Walz have helped you the most?
CAM: "Really learned a lot from Coach Walz. As you all know he is one of the best coaches in the country and his game tactics and brilliant. Jeff Walz taught me the importance of keeping your players loose on thegame days and not letting them get so uptight...you want them to be happy on game day! There are a number of plays, drills & game strategies I have stolen from him as well. Jeff continues to be a great mentor plus a great resource for me."
5) What will it take to turn Belmont into a major player on the NCAA scene?
CAM: "It's hard to turn a mid-major program into perennial NCAA tourney teams. But that is the challenge that excited me about this job. The key will be recruiting the right type of players who believe in what we are doing and the vision we have....as I learned a couple of years ago against Baylor If you players believe it, they can achieve it." 6) Your fondest memory of your time here?
CAM: "WE BEAT BAYLOR! And went to the Final Four. Really was so impressed with the fan support and how incredible Card Nation truly is." 7) A funny anecdote or story during your time here?
CAM: Off the top of my head, can't think of any really funny stories for some reason right now but I have a lot. Just drawing a blank on my best one.
( EDITOR'S NOTE...I'll embarrass myself here and admit
that I referred to Coach as "Cam Cameron" in a few of
my articles when he was here. Old guy syndrome...)
8) What you love about being the Belmont head coach?
CAM: "I truly love the players I get to coach every day. Are exceptional student-athletes and are a lot of fun to coach. It is great to face challenges with them and doing all I can to try and help lead us to where we have never been before"
9) What were you thinking..scheduling both Louisville and
CAM: "Haha! "
Well our players like challenges, big challenges, I guess you could say. I think it's a great opportunity playing....in such neat environments with big crowds. The David and Goliath mentality I suppose you could say and it's also just a fun experience for our team. Additionally, those two games are NCAA tournament atmospheres... hopefully... preparing ourselves for the future. 10) How do you beat Louisville? (without giving away game plan, etc...)
CAM: "Well, they are very athletic and they do use that to their advantage ... how they play on both ends of the floor. We must limit our turnovers because TOs lead to transition points in most cases. We also need to do our best to limit
their offensive rebounds. They have a lot of size and length so we must keep them off the glass if we are to have that chance."
( We sincerely appreciate Coach taking the time to share these thoughts and answers with us & hope Belmont can go the rest of the season undefeated...beginning Fri.)
Thanks to Louisville asst SID Ira Green for the following info
THE SERIES – Belmont vs. Louisville
The Cardinals boast a 1-0 all-time record against the Bruins after posting an 80-51 victory in Freedom Hall on Dec. 16, 2006. Chauntise Wright came off the bench and totaled 21 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes. Angel McCoughtry registered five of the team’s 14 steals and helped UofL force 23 Belmont turnovers. Shaunda Strayhorn had a team-high 12 points to pace Belmont, which shot just 30 percent (18 of 60) from the field.
THE LOVELY AND TALENTED MARIYA MOORE IS AVERAGING 17 PPG !GAME FACTS - Belmont at Louisville Date: Thursday, Nov. 20 Time: 7:05 p.m. ET Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky. Video: The game will be available on CardsTV through GoCards.com. Radio: WKRD 790 AM will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action. Series History: UofL leads the all-time series 1-0 (1-0 in Louisville). Louisville defeated Belmont 80-51 on Dec. 16, 2006, in Freedom Hall. Next UofL Game: Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Ball State in KFC Yum! Center, 2 p.m. ET