Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 29, 2011-James Madison men's basketball head coach Matt Brady and assistant coach Rob O'Driscoll recently participated in the first round of the Second Annual Shots from the Heart Tournament, in benefit of the Skip Prosser Foundation, an organization created in the memory of its namesake, who passed away in 2007 while the men's basketball head coach at Wake Forest University.
"I'm excited to be a part of anything with Skip Prosser's name on it. I did know Skip Prosser and his family. I think the world of Skip Prosser and I understand that everything we're doing as coaches to bring awareness to the American Heart Association and the Skip Prosser Foundation is everything that we can do to benefit a great cause," said Coach Brady.
The Shots from the Heart Tournament is comprised of two 64-coach brackets, one for head coaches and one for assistant coaches. Between November and February there are six rounds of play with decreasing amounts of participants in each bracket. The coaches are given a two-week window during which to complete their 25 free throws and upon determination of the match-up winners, move to the next round.
The first and second rounds each occur in a month-long window of November and December. The top 16 and top 8 coaches face off in January. The National Semi-Final and the Free Throw Final occur in February before the champions are recognized at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet.
In an effort to avoid ties between coaches, an incremental scoring scale is used. The first 10 shots are each worth one point and the next five are worth two points. As the shooting progresses, the next five shots are individually worth three points and the following four are worth four points each. The 25th shot is worth five points.
If the scoring of participating coaches results in a tie, the first tie breaker is determined by the most consecutive shots converted without a miss at anytime. If coaches are still tied after that determination, the tournament rules state that bonus basketballs will be added, with shots 5, 10 and 15 counting for double points. If competitors are still tied after these determinations, the third tie breaker would be a shoot off between the two coaches.
Coach Brady successfully completed 22 of his 25 free throws for a total of 50 points out of a possible 56. In the first round, he is pitted against Davidson University Head Coach Bob McKillop. The winner of this first round match-up will face the winner of the competition between head coaches Dave Rice of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Tom Moore of Quinnipiac University.
Coach O'Driscoll recorded 33 points out of the possible 56 in his first round pairing with University of Delaware Assistant Coach Mike Pegues. The winner between these two coaches will compete against the champion between assistant coaches Brent Wilson of the University at Albany and Carmen Maciariello from Boston University.
"I'm proud to be a part of Shots from the Heart. I've known Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer at CollegeInsider.com a long time. They are great people and do a lot of great things for charity. To be a part of this event was great. Coach Brady and I were happy to be a part of it," remarked Coach O'Driscoll.
Graduate assistant Patrick Massaroni was the official score keeper and tabulated the shooting results for the coaches.
The second round of competition will take place during the mo nth of December.
For more information about the Skip Prosser Foundation and the Shots from the Heart free throw tournament, visit http://www.collegeinsider.com/shots/.
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