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Jaren Jeffcoat interview
Written by Tomo   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011

A Great player play in the end of the game.
and There are Great 6th man in the Great team,too.
For example
Chicago Bulls Tony Kukoc, NY Knicks John Starks, Sacramento Kings Bobby Jackson and Dallas Mavericks Jason Terry etc,goes on......(Yeah UVM Joey Accaoui,too)
Norwich Cadets Sr Guard (6-3,200lb) Jaren Jeffcoat helped the Team many times so far like them.
Jaren can Knocks down mid rang jumper,Behind arc,Strong attack basket,Create open man, Push the ball like PG,and Post up against smaller guy.
On Defense,
He always match up Athletic type guard,Opponent best scorer,Best shooter,Versatile type player.
Unfortunately,Norwich Cadets fell to Top seed St.Joseph’s (ME) in the GNAC tournament semifinals.
Cadets wrapped up 2011 season with a 16-11 overall record,11-7 in the GNAC game.
I got chance catch up with Norwich Cadets #43 Jaren Jeffcoat for interview after the GNAC semifinals game.
Hope enjoy Cadets fans and Central Vermont resident!
Tomo: When did you started Basketball?
JJ:  I started playing before I could remember. I was always around ball and it has always been a part of my life.

Tomo: I heard You’re from an athletic family. (Father,Uncles former NFL player and Aunt played Basketball at UCLA.)
What kind of influence did your family give you?

JJ:  Well their were two influences towards basketball I got from my parents, aunts, and uncles:
The first is from going to my aunt's basketball games as a little kid and seeing all the hoopla for the game. I got to see how hard they worked and what it meant to play this game. Being around that made me want to play basketball anytime I could.
The second was from my dad. My dad is the hardest worker I know. He never rested. My dad told me as a kid if you want to be successful at something you got to work at it till you don't have to think about it. It stuck.

Tomo: Which colleges showed interest to you in High school?
Why did you choose Norwich University since it is so far from Dallas,Texas...

JJ:  Originally Northern Illinois, Avala College, Oklahoma Christian University, Southern University, University of Texas at Dallas, and North Dakota State but I had a family friend who was a coach at Oklahoma University that said he wanted me to play for him and I decided to go there. Unfortunately before I got to Oklahoma the coaching staff disbanded and I ended up making a decision to stay there. I wasn't very happy there with the new coaching staff and I decided that I wanted to go somewhere where I was wanted and Norwich made me feel like they wanted me there.

Tomo: How did you know about Norwich and had you ever been there before you commited to Norwich university ?
JJ:  Assistant coach Dan Gauthier told me about Norwich, but I literally never saw the school until I stepped foot on campus.

Tomo: How about the new locker room?

JJ:  The New lockers are great. The school took extra care in making them so everyone has space for what they need. It was a huge upgrade from before.

Tomo:  What kind of listen to music? Teach me how to Dougie?

JJ: No, Actually I listen to a lot of different music. It depends on the mood I am in. I most recently listened to Ratatat, Band of Horse, Panic at the Disco, Kid Cudi, and Wale.

Tomo: You recorded 1000's pts recently(Feb,3 @Lasell game), but did it as the 6th man on the team.
Were you used to your role?

JJ:  Yeah it is the role I have held since my freshman year so it isn't a big deal. It is all about winning for me and if it help us win then I am for it.

Tomo:  What Is it Most memorable Basketball experience and Best single-game performance at Norwich ? 

JJ:  My most memorable game was winning my first playoff game against Emerson recently and my best game was probably my freshman year against Emerson when we ended their winning streak. 

Tomo:  What is are your plans for life after college?

JJ:  I got to make a decision on that soon. I would like to continue with basketball as a coach but the financial climate may make me do otherwise.

Tomo: What do you do on day off ?

JJ: Play soccer.

Tomo: The Floor is yours. Anything else to share with the fans out there? 

JJ: Make sure every gets out and support the Cadets for years to come.
Thanks!  JJ!!
I hope all is well with you!!


Coach Lonergan: "Play Hard and See What Happens"
Written by Tomo   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Rock stars -- That is what Mike Lonergan and his Catamounts are in Burlington after beating Boston University in the America East conference championship on Saturday and receiving an automatic bid to the Big Dance (fourth time in school history). Friday night they take their fame to the national stage, against the #1 ranked Syracuse Orange in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Can the Catamounts make history by beating the Orange, just as they did in 2005 (the last time they were in the dance)? Catamaniacs are betting their green and gold on it. Note: If you're a Vermont fan find your way to Buffalo for this game (do whatever necessary to get there). The team needs your support in the sea of orange that will be present.

Vermont Sports Network’s International contributor, Tomohide Katigiri ("Tomo") got a chance to catch up with Coach Lonergan for a few questions before the team took off to Buffalo to prepare for the Big Dance (earlier this afternoon).
Tomo: When do you guys leave for Buffalo? I would imagine you will enjoy flying after all of the bus rides you’ve had this season?

Coach L: We leave this afternoon at 3:30pm on an NCAA charter plane from Burlington to Buffalo.   It is exciting to fly considering all the long bus trips we had this year. We had 3 bus trips where we drove home all night from a game (Mount St. Mary's, Buffalo and UMBC). Those were brutal!

Tomo: How do you feel about the location (Buffalo, NY) and the #16 seed Vermont was given? How about being matched up against the #1 Syracuse Orange and coach Boeheim again?

Coach L:   I think we were a 14 or 15 seed that was moved to 16 because they (selection committee) wanted us matched up with Syracuse (for the storyline). That is just my guess.  All the experts had us as a 15 seed.  It is a difficult assignment playing one of the top 2 teams in the nation in their own backyard!  They have a Hall of Fame Coach and a star-studded roster.

Tomo:  We have some great shooters though (MoJo, Joey, Garvey, Nick).  Their shooting should be able to help beat the zone on Friday but what else does the team need to do to stay in this game?

Coach L: We have been one of the worst 3 pt shooting teams in the conference this season, which I didn’t expect, going into the season. We shot great from threes against Boston University so we really need that to carry over into this game. MoJo has really struggled lately with his threes so we need him to have a great shooting game. Garvey has been shooting well lately and Nick so that is a good sign. We can't just launch 3 pointers against Syracuse or we will get blown out.  We need to make sure Marqus and Evan get plenty of touches as well.

Tomo: Did former coach Tom Brennan talk to you after the BU game? Did he tell you the secret of how to beat the CUSE?

Coach L: I talk to Coach Brennan almost every day. The secret to beating Syracuse then was T.J. and Taylor! [Laughs]. We are just hoping to go out there Friday night and play hard and see what happens. This is a heck of a challenge. We are playing arguably the best team in the nation in front of a hostile crowd of Orange fans.  A number 1 seed has never been beaten by a 16 seed.  We will try our best, but it will take a perfect game to pull off what would be one of the most monumental upsets in sports history!

Tomo: Well, we hope to do pull off the monumental upset!  On that note, could you say a few words for Catamounts fans out there?

Coach L: The Catamount fans are terrific. I want to thank them for all their support over the years. Seeing them turn out in such great numbers at Hartford really helped us win and bring the championship game back to Patrick Gym. The crowd here on Saturday against BU was incredible. When BU cut our lead to 1 point and gained all the momentum our crowd wouldn't let us lose the lead. They were incredible! What an atmosphere that entire morning and afternoon.
It was an emotional day for a lot of reasons. We all wanted to win but we also were thinking of Evan and his mom. It was a long, hard week. I will never forget this season. This was a special year.

Tomo: Thank you Coach Lonergan! Catamount Nation will be rooting for you guys this Friday to upset Syracuse.
You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video
Catamounts TV spoke with Head Coach Mike Lonergan,
Simeon Marsalis and Pat Bergmann after the Cats first practice in Buffalo
for the NCAA tournament at Medaille College.  
Vermont's Next LPGA Hopeful
Written by Shane Bufano   
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Molly Aronsson Won Her 3rd Vermont Womens Amateur Last Week at BCC

Make room Libby Smith, there is another multi-sport athlete from Vermont who is well on their way to a professional golf career. Shelburne native, Molly Aronsson won her 3rd Vermont Women's Amateur golf tournament last weekend in the last four years. Aronsson didn't just win the event, but cruised to a 12 stroke victory finishing at 5 under par for the event, shooting a 211 at Burlington Country Club. The Senior at Washington University heads back to college next week where she will finish up her already impressive career. At Washington, she is one of the top finishers on her team with two career Top-10 finishes. Before the former Rice Memorial hockey, soccer, tennis and golf star departs for the west coast, she caught up with Vermont Sports Network to talk about golf and her future.
Catching Up With Kannapolis Intimidators Pitcher Joe Serafin
Written by Shane Bufano   
Friday, 21 August 2009
Joseph Serafin Pitching During the 2009 UVM Baseball Season - photo credit: Shane Bufano

Recently we caught up with Kannapolis Intimidators southpaw Joseph Serafin. Serafin, who once pitched for the University of Vermont (2006-2009) has found success after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox organization in the 2009 Amateur Draft. The lefty from Tariffville, Connecticut began his career with the Bristol Sox after being drafted where he shimmered posting a 4-1 record, 1.64 ERA, striking out 20 batters in 33 innings. His success in conjunction with the White Sox sending 4 pitching prospects to the San Diego Padres for All-Star Jake Peavy on the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline, opened the door for Serafin to be called up to low-A Kannapolis in his first professional year. Since then, Serafin has pitched well for the Intimidators with a record of 1-1 in 4 starts (as of 8/20/09), with a 2.78 ERA while accumulating 22Ks in 22.2 innings pitched. Serafin found some time in his busy schedule to catch up with me and let his fans in Vermont know a little bit about life after UVM as a Minor League Baseball player.

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