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December 9, 2013

Coach Casey: A No-Nonsese Guy

If there is one quality I really appreciate about Coach Chris Casey it's the fact he's a pretty no-nonsense guy. He is one of those people who tells it like it is and cuts to the chase. He's also unwavering in his stance that it takes an incredible amount of hard work to build what he calls "championship-caliber people."

It should come as no surprise, then, that he doesn't have a lot of patience for people looking to "cruise" or take the easy way out. It's one of the reasons he's not a big fan of the push-button/instant gratification mentality so prevalent in our tech-savvy society. I guess you could describe him as "old school" - someone who doesn't like excuses, expects excellence and is willing to put in the hours and effort himself to get the job done. 

In previous issues of Kickoff, we've talked at length about Chris' philosophy and what he expects of his players. I'm here to attest that he holds himself to the same high standard of excellence. Recently we created a video series featuring coach Casey in which we allowed him to share his thoughts on the role athletics play in education and character development. I am sharing the second of those video clips with you today (above). It gives you a little more insight into the approach coach is taking with this program. Enjoy.


Get to Know the Coach: Running Backs Coach Patrick Prince

Patrick Prince

This week, we resume our "Get to Know the Coach" feature. In this issue, I'd like to introduce you to Patrick Prince, who has been primarily working with our running backs this fall. 

Prince was a two-time Portland-area All-Metro League performer and football walk-on at the University of Oregon. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he played high school football for Chris Casey at Aloha High School, where he earned four letters in both football and basketball and one letter in track and field. He was a two-time All-Metro League selection in both football and basketball. He made the Oregon Ducks' roster as a walk-on in 2008, but eventually had to leave the program due to his father's health concerns.

Prince is a graduate of Portland State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in community development and social science (with an emphasis in economics) and a minor in Black studies. An astute businessman, he has owned the Up Side Down Clothing Store since 2005 and owned and operated three Sara Lee distribution routes since 2008, with more than a million dollars' worth of total bakery sales during that time. He resides in Aloha, Ore.


Construction Update

Here is the latest Andersen Construction report on the Duke Athletic Center: Progress continues even in the cold weather. As of Friday, painters were a few days from completing the building paint except around the elevator, which cannot be completed until the elevator is installed. The elevator is staged in the weight room and installation started today. Exterior metal panels are going in and will be complete by end of the week. Vinyl flooring in the four small restrooms started today as well.

Tile installation in the locker room restroom and shower were tackled last week, with completion scheduled by the end of this week. Site sidewalks and curbs were placed last week and should be complete by the end of the week, although this freezing weather is not helping.

Ceiling installation on the second floor will start this week.

Thanks again for your support of this project!

Picture: The Duke Athletic Center as of Dec. 9.

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