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Hoosiers' Sampson, Huskers' Cook to speak at Cass Lake

Kelvin Sampson and John Cook will be the featured speakers at two upcoming coaches clinics at Cass Lake-Bena High School. Sampson is the current head men's basketball coach of the Indiana Hoosiers and Cook is the head women's volleyball coach of ...

Kelvin Sampson and John Cook will be the featured speakers at two upcoming coaches clinics at Cass Lake-Bena High School.

Sampson is the current head men's basketball coach of the Indiana Hoosiers and Cook is the head women's volleyball coach of the 2006 national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Sampson, who also directed the Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball program, will be the featured speaker at the 2007 Panther Hoops Coaching Clinic at CLBHS on May 6.

He will present three hour-long sessions focusing on the Indiana Hoosiers' offense, defense and special situations.

Sampson is a two-time National Coach of the Year and led Oklahoma to 11 NCAA Tournaments including three Sweet 16s, two Elite Eights, and one Final Four.

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He has coached 10 20-plus win seasons including three Big 12 Championships.

Additional speakers at the Panther Hoops Coaching Clinic include Dave Thorson, head coach of three-time state champion DeLaSalle High School and Larry McKenzie of the Minnesota Ripknee's American Basketball League team.

McKenzie is a former coach of Patrick Henry High School and won four consecutive Class AAA state titles.

Cook will present a one-person coaching clinic at CLBHS on June 3.

Coach Cook will present three hour-long sessions on "Training A Setter," "Practice Plan and Design," and "Building a Championship Program." The final session is open to the general public.

Cook led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the 2006 NCAA Division I National Championship on Dec. 16. Nebraska rallied to defeat Stanford 27-30, 30-26, 30-28, 30-27 for its third NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in front of a record crowd of 17,209 fans at Qwest Center Omaha. Cook has a 219-14 record in seven seasons at Nebraska and 380-86 overall.

Cook has been named the 2000 and 2005 Tachikara/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year.

The events are open to all coaches at all levels. For more information, contact Dan Ninham, 2323 Wee Gwaus Drive SW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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