Coach Tom Newell arrives in Majuro

Former NBA Coach Tom Newell arrived in Majuro January 3, 2013. Shortly after being greeted by US Ambassador Tom Armbruster, Coach Newell's first order of business was a courtesy call on Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak. The Coach's Dallas Mavericks' championship ring has proved a hit on his first day in the islands.

On his first day in Majuro on Thursday, he met with National Olympic Committee, Marshall Islands Basketball Federation and US Embassy officials to confirm details of his visit to Majuro and Kwajalein over the next 11 days. In addition to the courtesy call on President Loeak, where the President tried on Coach Newell's Dallas Mavericks' championship ring, Coach Newell conducted a session with US Embassy staff and their children and grandchildren. This included a session on the court where he demonstrated shooting techniques and offered other tips to the players and US Ambassador Armbruster.

On Friday, a Level Two Coach training starts at the College of the Marshall Islands and will continue through Tuesday January 8. He will conduct a half-day referee session on Tuesday January 8 at 2pm at CMI. He will also visit Laura High School and Majuro Middle School for clinic sessions Monday and Wednesday, respectively. 

Coach Newell will head to Kwajalein on Thursday Jan. 10 to lead coach, referee and player clinics at Ebeye and at USAKA. He departs RMI back to the US on Monday Jan. 14. 

Photo: Coach Newell thanks Pres. Loeak for gifts after the courtesy call on Thursday Jan. 3. Next to him is NOC Secretary General Terry Sasser. Photo: Hilary Hosia.


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