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Interview: Getting To Know TCC Interim Head Coach Zach Settembre

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– Since the departure of the Tallahassee Community College Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Mark White, Rob Chaney has announced that Assistant Coach Zach Settembre would be promoted to Interim Head Coach.

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We met up with Coach Settembre to learn and find out more about his past.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Settembre, 28, was born into coaching.

“My Dad introduced me to coaching with his seventh and eighth grade teams. When I was in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, I was sitting on the middle school bench where my Dad was coaching.”

Settembre would go on to coach that same middle school team throughout all his years at St. Xavier High School.

After graduating from high school, Settembre would attend Syracuse University. While taking classes, he became a student manager for the men’s basketball team.

“ The experience was unbelievable, I learned a lot about the business side of college basketball and the makes of a high major operation. Most of all, I built relationships.”

Settembre went on to meet future head coaches there in Mike Hopkins (University of Washington) and Rob Murphy (University of Eastern Michigan). Another big mentor to Settembre was assistant Jerry McNamara who still works as an assistant on Syracuse today.

“Those three taught me how to win. They knew how to recruit that the highest level and it gave me a great taste of college basketball performed at the highest level.”

After his time at Syracuse, Settembre returned to the Louisville area. He coached at several schools before becoming the assistant at Collegiate for Shannon Weaver. Shannon Weaver was an assistant for nine years at Auburn University as an assistant for nearly a decade with Cliff Ellis.

“Coach Weaver that guy has been so incredibly influential in in my development as a coach. He’s taught me so much in terms of how to think like a like a head coach, how to be organized.”

After his first season, he was promoted to Head Coach. Settembre led Collegiate to the All “A” state tournament in his first season as head coach, receiving Regional Coach of the Year honors.

“Having the opportunity to be a head coach at the high school level, winning 23 games and being able to take my team to a Tournament game for the second time in school history, we did things. That the school gave me a great opportunity to be a head coach.”

Settembre announced his resignation for a new job as an assistant at Tallahassee Community College.

In his first season with the team, the Eagles started off started the season 17-2. Bad news came with the new year, Mark White stepped down for personal reasons after a loss to Chipola. Settembre was announced to finish the season as the Interim Head Coach as of result.

“ Coach White did unbelievable job here. I learned a lot from him. He was really good at instilling a culture of togetherness. That’s something I learned from him and still use with the guys today.”

Since then, the Eagles are 2-2. In midst of a tight conference race, Coach Settembre has great trust in his players abilities.

“ We want the guys to have confidence, that’s been their message. The light is green until you prove otherwise, that you can’t be trusted to make the right decision. I want the guys to play with tremendous confidence. I have, you know, nothing but faith in them.”

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The Eagles look to an important part of their schedule in Panhandle Conference play.

“The panhandle is one of the toughest conferences in America, every single panhandle game is huge for us.”

Coach Settembre and the TCC Eagles (19-4) (3-3) continue their season against Pensacola State College (13-10) (1-5) on February 2nd at 5:30 at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome  on TCC Campus.

TCC FALLS SHORT TO RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Tallahassee Community College mens basketball team went up against North West Florida State Raiders Wednesday night and came up short 71-75.

The Eagles started the game off fast, in the middle of the first period  as TCC guard Richard Washington drains his second three pointer to give the eagles a 11 point lead.  With 10:52 left in the first period  the Raiders guard Chris Duarte knocks down a three to give them the lead 19-18.

Right before the half North West Florida State guard Trey Diggs hits a clutch three pointer putting the raiders ahead 36-32.  Washington paced the Eagles with 13 points going into the half. Durante led the Raiders also with 13 points.

With a block by Eagles forward Natorion Tyson and a dunk by guard Jalen Dalcourt TCC ties the ball game up 55-55 . Late in the 2nd period the raiders guard Javion Hamlet was fouled and sent to the line and made both free throws ending the game 75-71.

Finishing the game leading the Eagles in points were Washington with 17, seven rebounds and two assists. Devin Palmer ended the game with 15 points and three rebounds.

Duarte led the Raiders with 25 points four rebounds and one block. Forward Eric Villa finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds

Assistant head coach of the Eagles Zach Settembre talked about his team performance. he also chatted on the chances that they could win the panhandle conference.

” I am beyond proud of them, our kids competed” coach Settembre said. “If we play with this same fire and energy for the next nine games, we are going to have a great chance to play out of the conference and go to the championship”

The Eagles will face Pensacola State Pirates (13-7) on Saturday Jan 19. at 8:30 in Pensacola, Fl.

Title Defense: Lady Eagles 2018-2019 Basketball Preview

Luke Kresheck, Correspondent on (@LukeKresheckFS Twitter) 

Tallahassee, Fla.,(www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Lady Eagles basketball team 2018-2019 season is just around the corner.  Expectations are very high this year, as the ladies of TCC are the defending national champions.  

The Lady Eagles will make their scrimmage debut on Oct. 6 for the Southeast JUCO Jamboree in Albany, Ga.  The first regular season game will take place in Tallahassee for the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic on Nov. 3.  The ladies will be facing the Central Georgia Technical College Titans. 

The Titans had a strong season last season, finishing 22-10, but their woes on the road haunted them all year long.  They were 7-7 away from their home arena.  On the flip side, TCC was 29-6 overall with a 10-2 home record. 

The Eagles could be a very strong team if everything goes as planned.  The team was very young last season, comprised of 11 freshmen and four sophomores.  A year of experience and a national championship under its belt makes this squad one to look out for in the 2018-2019 season.  TCC has also reloaded with some talented, young freshmen in addition to returning players.  These ladies are primed to make another run this year. 

According to TCC’s website, the roster is as follows:  

Aliyah Lawson  Guard  Freshman  5-6  Whitby, ONT, Canada / Sinclair Secondary School 
10  Tameria Johnson  Guard  Sophomore  5-6  Ocala, Fla. / West Port HS 
11  Victoria Pearce  Guard  Sophomore  5-8  Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore HS 
13  Kennedy Perry  Guard  Freshman  5-5  Chicago, Ill. / Harlan Community Academy HS 
14  Tamia Riles  Guard  Freshman  5-8  Tallahassee, Fla. / James Rickards HS 
15  Nesma Khalifa  Center  Freshman  6-4  Alexandria, Egypt / KGC Kawmya Girls College 
20  Daisha Bradford  Guard  Freshman  5-7  Mobile, Ala. / Leflore HS 
21  Jada Perry  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Lady Lake, Fla. / Sumter Christian School 
23  Juliunn Redmond  Guard  Sophomore  5-11  Chicago, Ill. / John Marshall Metro HS 
25  Daishona Washington-Polk  Forward  Freshman  5-11  Canton, Ohio / Glen Oak HS 
32  Jamyra McChristine  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Chicago, Ill. / Simeon Vocational HS 
40  Rushell Jacob  Center  Freshman  6-1  Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven Senior HS 
45  De’Asia Reid  Forward  Freshman 

 

6-0  Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton HS 

 

TCC’S WINSTON FALLS JUST SHORT OF THE RECORD BOOKS IN 84-57 VICTORY OVER SOUTH GEORGIA

Robert Blackburn, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – A strong performance from behind the perimeter allows Tallahassee Community College to coast to the 84-57 victory on Saturday afternoon over South Georgia Technical College. Coming off the bench, Jacob Winston shot 58 percent from behind the arc finishing with 23 points and six rebounds.

Tallahassee (3-0) remains undefeated at home under head coach Mark White, winning their 16th straight matchup in the Eagle Dome, 15th under coach White. The matchup against South Georgia (1-2) was never in doubt, the Eagles never trailed the Jets.

Jacob Winston introduced himself to Eagles fans on Saturday afternoon, Winston came into the game still looking for his first field goal on the season. He would finish the game shooting 7-12 from deep, just two 3-pointers shy of breaking the school record.

Winston was accompanied offensively by Jeremy Hayes and David Simmons. Hayes finished the game with 19 points and Simmons contributed 12 of his own with nine rebounds.

The defense continues to shine early for the Eagles; TCC forced 18 turnovers and blocked seven South Georgia shots. Killing any chance of the Jets getting offensive momentum going.

With the game never in-doubt, TCC was able to focus on an offense that has struggled and getting the younger guys some vital minutes in the first few games of the season.

“They [the freshmen] try and hit a home run,” said coach White when asked about the younger guys forcing passes and shots. “We tell them all the time, don’t try and hit that home run, singles lead up to runs.”

The Eagles will hit the road for their first action outside of the Eagle Dome on Tuesday November the 8th when they travel to Albany Technical College.

CROUCH LEADS EAGLES IN 72-62 VICTORY OVER ATLANTA METRO

After a back-and-fourth first half, Tallahassee Community College was able to pull away from Atlanta Metro in a 72-62 victory. Sophomore guard Kiair Crouch led the way in the closing minutes forcing several defensive mistakes while scoring 10 of his 15 points in the final 20 minutes.

The Eagles (2-0) and Trailblazers (1-1) traded the lead four times in the first half, neither team able to pull away from the other. Tallahassee went on a 7-0 run in the closing minutes of the first half, Jacob Winston connected from behind the arc with less than 20 seconds on the clock to send TCC into the break with a 35-29 lead.

After struggling in the first half, Crouch took the game over for TCC in the second half, starting with his defense.

“I picked up my intensity on defense.” Crouch said. “All my points came off my defense, coming off of steals… I wasn’t making shots in the first half. I was taught if your shot is not falling, then you need to play defense.”

Tallahassee never trailed in the second half, while getting their lead up to 15 in the closing seconds of the game. This is not unusual for head coach Mark White. Coach White has been able to make the adjustments that need to be made on the fly to give his team the advantage going into the second half.

“I think we just wear you (the opposing team) down.” Coach White said following the victory on Friday Night. “It wears on them not only physically but mentally.”

The offense is still searching for life, especially the three-point game. TCC was a combined 4-25 from deep, good for 16 percent on the night. Tre Todd, has shown signs of success from the arc, but as a whole the Eagles are still looking for someone to spark the offense for a full two halves.

“We have a lot of true freshman on this team.” Crouch said. “Once they transition from high school to juco, we’ll be good, once they adjust to the speed of the game at this level.”

Luckily for the offense, TCC has a tremendous defense that they can fall back on. After only allowing 59 points in their first game, the Eagles once again shut down the opposing offense down.  Sophomore Deion Bute has really anchored the Eagles defensively, Bute recorded his second double-double in as many games finishing the night with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Tallahassee will have a short turn around as they now prepare to play South Georgia Technical College on Saturday November 5th at 2 P.M.

TCC Women Basketball: Preparing for Southern Challenge Jamboree(Blitz Analysis)

By Marcus Joseph

The Lady Eagles  of Tallahassee Community College were up at the break of dawn Tuesday morning, preparing for the Southern Challenge Jamboree (Scimmage) on Sat. Oct. 29. Even though the rest of the Big Bend area was still sleeping, Head Coach Teresa Atkinson and the 2011-2012 Lady Eagles were up running drills, reviewing plays and conditioning for their upcoming 2011-2012 season.

 

With an almost completely new squad this season, due to the departure of their veteran players, the newly formed Lady Eagles will look to use their acquired height advantage and discipline to win out the Panhandle Conference this season.The team finished last season with an overall record of 13-12, a Panhandle Conference record of 2-10 and a PCT of 0.520. After speaking with Assistant Coach T.J Royals, it is very clear that the team plans on improving on their overall record, and advancing further this season in conference play. The team will face-off at home this Sat. in the Southern Challenge Jamboree in hopes of getting one last chance of preparation before entering the season that begins on Nov. 4 at Darton College.

Check out what Assistant Coach T.J Royals had to say this morning before practice…

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