TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The College of Southern Idaho basketball team is getting national recognition after an amazing season last year, since then the program has been put on the map.
KMVT’s Morgan Rumpf explains how both coaches and players are getting recognized.
The latest edition of Street & Smith Basketball Times magazine has a poll of the "hottest junior college coaches" CSI Head Coach Jared Phay found himself on that list.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with some of those guys, some of them have been coaching for 25 years in junior college, some of them have won national championships,” Phay said. “It's a really good list of coaches but I appreciate all the people reaching out and congratulating me, and this and that. Other than that it doesn't help us win any games, and we just want to win games right now."
Out of 55 coaches, he is at number nine. The list includes coaches from NJCAA Division One, as well as California two-year schools.
"I guess one of my things is that we play really fast. We push the ball. There's certain things we really emphasize. We really emphasize rebounding, offensively and defensively," Phay said.
Phay is proud of the relationships he's built with his team.
"I can get on the guys a little bit but they know that at the end of the day I love them and we have a ton of respect for each other, and I think we kind of build that relationship throughout the season," Phay said.
The article quoted Phay as being, “Smart, bright and intelligent, and has it all....both on and off the court."
"There's always going to be nay-sayers everywhere about everything, so I think us coaches kind of tune them out a little bit. But I would say this is a place that we don't rebuild we reload," Phay said.
Besides Phay's coaching style gaining attention, inside the Golden Eagle Gym was Arizona Head Basketball Coach Sean Miller observing practice and potentially some future Wildcats.