Some of you may know that every year for the last 6 years I have been a "Team Host" for one of the 16 teams that makes it to my hometown of Hutchinson, Ks for the NJCCA Division 1 Basketball finals.
Over the last 6 years I have had some great teams.
The two that really stick in my mind are College of Southern Idaho (I had them in 2007) and Midland College who I just had this past week.
CSI in 2007 was a great experience. Head Coach Barret Peery had a great bunch of guys and I really kinda hit off it with Asst. Coach Steve Gosar. Coach Gosar and I stayed in touch over facebook and texts for the last 4 years and I was truly excited for him when he got promoted to the Head Coaches job in 2008 when Coach Peery moved on to Utah.
So about 2 weeks ago I find out I have Midland College this year (it's on a rotation, the team hosts don't pick who we want, we get assigned a region and we get the team from that region.) Honestly I was excited... Midland College has a ton of tradition, been in Hutchinson a ton of times in the past and I was thrilled to have them.
I text back "Congrats... that's awesome, i wont be your host, but happy for you."