Staying In The Game

By wbng sports

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

While Jeff Foote and guys like Ryan Whitman and Louis Dale continue their hoop dreams on the court, another one of their teammates is still living the dream, only on the sidelines.
Jon Jacques was trying to find work as a writer, and ended up a coach.

We caught up with the Stevens college assistant for this week's action sports spotlight.

" I'm still itching to get in the game sometimes. If I see something I think I can do on the floor, you'll see me. I stand up more than any coach ever should."
It wasn't so long ago that Jon Jaques was starting for a Division 1 team. Just last year he was playing professionally in Israel.
Now he's in a whole new world, life in the quiet gymnasiums of division 3 basketball.

" The environment is a lot different than D-1, like you mentioned. But I'd say the skill of the players isn't that much different. Obviously they're smaller, maybe not as strong, but skill wise it's pretty similar. "

Jaques was set to turn the page on his basketball life, looking for work as a writer in the New York City area.
But his old coach Steve Donahue set up a meeting with Stevens College coach Bobby Hurley, and after an afternoon talking basketball, Jaques had a spot on the bench next to guys who watched him in the sweet 16 2 years ago.

" They know about Cornell's Sweet 16 run, and they know I was on the team. But we don't talk too much about that run or that season. It's easy to talk to them because we're all a similar age. "

We joked with Jon, that Donahue's greatest coaching skill may be his whistling ability, and wondered if any of that rubbed off in 4 years.

" I'm just a clapper, you know. Guys on the Cornell bench would tell me that I clap too loud sometimes.That's my unique skill I'd say. "

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