TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: A series of new conversations with the coaching legend, only at CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s topic: ‘Back Home in Indiana’

Posted on Mar 29, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. HOW? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: A series of new conversations with the coaching legend, only on CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s topic: ‘Who Coaches the Coach?’

Posted on Mar 28, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. HOW? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: A series of new conversations with the UCLA legend, only at CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s topic: ‘Poetry, Players … and the *Pyramid of Success*’

Posted on Mar 27, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. HOW? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: A series of new conversations with the coaching legend, only on CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s topic: ‘Winning with Walton — and the NC State Loss’

Posted on Mar 26, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. HOW? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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THE GIANT SHADOW THAT IS JOHN WOODEN

Posted on Mar 25, 2013

John Wooden, legend, casts a giant shadow at UCLA. Just ask Ben Howland. In his ten seasons as UCLA’s head men’s basketball coach, Howland took the Bruins to the NCAA tournament seven times, to the Final Four three times and to the championship game once. Killer credentials. But after losing ugly to Minnesota in the first […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: A series of new conversations with the UCLA legend, only at CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s talk: ‘At Indiana State, Breaking a Barrier’

Posted on Mar 22, 2013

During this 75th anniversary celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. HOW? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: New conversations with JOHN Wooden, exclusively at CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s talk: ‘A Quitter, but Only Once’

Posted on Mar 21, 2013

During this 75th anniversary celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS is remembering not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. How? By listening here to the Coach talk about the game and his life (and his life in the game) in a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio conversation conducted 16 years after […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: Never-before-heard conversations with the legendary UCLA coach, only on CENTAUR SEASONS. Today’s topic: ‘The Pleasures of Winning — Without Alcindor, Without Walton’

Posted on Mar 20, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS remembers not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins with a never-before-heard, two-hour audio interview.  Today’s featured section: THE PLEASURES OF WINNING — WITHOUT ALCINDOR, WITHOUT WALTON. A MARCH MADNESS special, exclusively on CENTAUR SEASONS. A multipart series now through the Final […]

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TALKING WITH JOHN WOODEN: Never-before-heard conversations with the legendary UCLA coach, only on CENTAUR SEASONS — today’s topic: ‘A Teacher, Not a Coach’

Posted on Mar 19, 2013

During this 75th anniversay celebration of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CENTAUR SEASONS remembers not to forget John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins with a wide-ranging, never-before-heard, two-hour audio interview.  A MARCH MADNESS special, exclusively at CENTAUR SEASONS. The first in a multipart series now through the Final Four Today’s  featured section: A TEACHER, NOT A […]

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WHAT I SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE TEAMMATE WHO PLAYED ME ONTO THE BENCH

Posted on Mar 07, 2013

Meet John Cooper. The anti-Steve McKee. If you’ve been a regular reader of CENTAUR SEASONS, especially the “History of the Events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-Ball season …,” the diary of my junior season, then you already know him. With our 6-and-11 campaign now mercifully over, I looked around for a way to wrap […]

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Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS: A ‘memory blog’ of the basketball beginnings of a half-good, half-bad, all-new college team.

Once, I was a Centaur.

I played basketball for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pa. I was on four of the school’s first seven teams, was MVP senior year and in 1974 graduated in the fifth class.

My junior year I kept a diary: A History of the Events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College B-Ball Season, as Chronicled by, and With the Personal Memoirs + Occassional [sic] Philosophizing of the Author, One Stephen J. McKee.  One-hundred-forty-five hand-writ pages. (Yes, I was an English major.)

But it occurs to me now: Were I today a “Bulldog” playing for “DeSales University” (both mascot and name changed in 2000), my private “History” would be not a diary but a blog.

So starting November 30  “…Personal Memoirs…” will be re-imagined as CENTAUR SEASONS

A blog before its time, posted 40 years after in real time.

Meanwhile, beginning on September 24, here at CENTAUR SEASONS the preseason has already tipped off, with stories, interviews and reminiscences of the people, the place and the purpose of those early years of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.

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We were not a bad team, we Centaurs. We just weren’t very good. Winning was always the goal, if never exactly the point. How could it be, with victories so few?

Back then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales was a couple of buildings in some cornfields.  Our commitment to the school’s basketball program was far greater than was the school’s commitment us. So what? We got to play college ball – and paid for the privilege! In return, we got to be part of a team, wear the red and blue, be Centaurs. And we got to create a place that was, right then, as much concept as it was college, making itself up as we went along.

What we got was a once-in-a-life-time chance.

All we had to do was keep showing up -- next practice, next game, next season. And so we did.

Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS.

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