In the first row, right in the middle of the court in the Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center gymnasium, an engraved plaque marks the seat of honor for Fighting Knights basketball godfather Bill Fash.
He has been indispensable to the team from the beginning, in fact, before the start.
“When I retired from Lynn Insurance Company in 1992, there was no basketball team in Lynn,” said Fash. “I’ve been addicted to basketball all my life, so I went to school and offered my services, I thought maybe I could help somehow, raise some money, help the program take off.”
Help you have. Fash did connect with the donors. In one year, he helped head coach Jeff Price launch the men’s basketball program in Lynn. He signed up as a volunteer assistant coach and even developed a software system to evaluate players.
“Bill is one of the founding fathers of Lynn’s basketball, helping us on and off the court since 1993,” said Price. “Your generosity has allowed our program to function out of budget and has provided additional support for our student athletes.”
Fash comes to all games and is usually in practice, offering ideas, motivational talks and occasionally free-throw training. He has traveled with the team, as far as the US Virgin Islands. UU., And said that “catch” the players on the team bus has given him the opportunity to connect with them about the important things in life.
“He always challenged me to be the best player I could be.”
Kenneth Anders ’01
“Coach Price has to be more disciplined with the athletes,” said Fash. “We play the good cop, the bad cop, and I’m the good cop When we’re on the bus, I talk to the players about their qualifications, about how to handle job interviews, about what they’re going to do in their careers. they respect me for my age, which allows me to talk to them about things that go beyond the basketball court. ”
That was true for Kenneth Anders ’01, who calls Fash one of his favorite coaches of all time.
“If a player had academic problems, I could guide him,” he said. “If you have family problems and you need someone to listen to or to advise you, he was the best guy.”
The love of the players for Fash was evident when Fash’s wife died a few years ago. Many returned to pay their respects.
“He always challenged me to be the best player I could be,” said Anders, who played as a point guard for the Fighting Knights. “He understood where he came from, even when he was wrong.”
Fash’s advice comes with the credentials of a player, a point that is not lost on the young Warrior Knights when they are watching the game movie with him or taking advice from the bench. “Coach” knows basketball. Fash played guard and forward for Syracuse University in the late 40s and early 50s, and then played professionally in Europe.
“Spending time with young athletes in a sport that I love, has kept me operating and strengthening all these years,” said Fash. “I’ll tell you, I got more from this experience than they got from me.”
Is there a nameplate in your future?
If, like Bill Fash, you would like to lend your support to a Fighting Knights team while you are forming, this is the perfect opportunity. In 2017, Lynn announced the addition of three new athletic programs: male cross-country and male and female.
“The introduction of the field through men and the tracking of our athletic portfolio reflects the agility of our program,” said Devin Crosby, director of athletics.
The NCAA Division II competition begins in the 2018-2019 season.
Lynn now has 17 NCAA sports: nine female and eight male. The expansion of the athletic program depends on the support of donors, so if the speed and endurance of running sports is your passion, contact the Office of Development and Student Affairs: +1 561-237-7467.