By Drew Moody

Head men's Pioneer basketball coach, Dwaine Osborne, brings a wealth of experience to directing the boys individual basketball camp, which began Sunday morning. About 60 participants, ages 8 to 18, are signed up for the four-day gathering.

Over the next several weeks literally hundreds of boys and girls from West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia will descend on Glenville State College to take advantage of the growing reputation of the first-class instructional opportunities for young male and female players.

The 2007-08 basketball season will be Osborne's third year as head coach of the Pioneers.

Dwaine Osborne, head coach of the Glenville State College
men's basketball team, welcomes participants to the boys
individual basketball camp early Sunday morning. Osborne
is a veteran managing such camps and has an 82-percent
attendance increase for the team camp which begins later
this week. Registration for all camps is still open.

Earlier in his career, Osborne became a sought after administrator of summer camping programs at several NCAA Division I schools, including being assistant director of the Pistol Pete Maravich Memorial Basketball Camp in Clearwater, Fla. Osborne was also part of the University of Michigan and St. Andrews College (NC) summer youth programs.

The boy's team camp will immediately follow from June 15 to June 17. Osborne estimates 175 to 200 youth from four states will attend.

In only its second year, Osborne has increased attendance at the boy's team camp 82-percent. Teams are still eligible to enroll.

Osborne, with assistant coaches Matt Greene and Randy Unger, as well as several Pioneer players, are helping with coaching and instruction.

Lady Pioneers Team Camp

The Lady Pioneers basketball team camp is scheduled for June 22 through June 24. Sixteen girls' teams from West Virginia and Virginia are slated to attend. Coaches can still sign up junior varsity and varsity teams to attend.

Four-time All American Rachel Redick is assisting acting athletic director Dennis Fitzpatrick organizing the event. Fitzpatrick said Redick's efforts have been "invaluable."

The camp utilizes four basketball courts with games ongoing from 8:30 a.m. till about 9 p.m. at night.

Fitzpatrick says it's an excellent opportunity to analyze strengths and weaknesses of players.

In addition to Fitzpatrick and Redick, several current and former members of the Lady Pioneers will serve as coaches and provide one-on-one instruction to participants.

Pioneer Football Camp

From June 24 through June 26 head Pioneer football coach Alan Fiddler will manage the boys' football camp, open to grades 5 through 12.

Fiddler said the non-contact camp focuses on fundamentals of the game with plenty of field time.

Players are not required to bring equipment. Each position will have a focus area with the goal of the camp to teach sound techniques to improve each player's game, Fiddler said.

Pioneer players and coaching staff are assisting Fiddler.

Those attending will also watch brief film clips to illustrate specific points of instruction. The proper techniques of exercising and lifting weights are also emphasized.

Fiddler is still accepting applications to attend the June 24 camp.

Lady Pioneers Individual Camps

Beginning June 25 three 5-day Lady Pioneers girls' camps get underway, with additional sessions July 8 and July 18. Participants from fifth to twelfth grades may attend.

Last year more than 600 young women from West Virginia and several surrounding states benefitted from the camps sponsored by Glenville State College.

The Little Pioneers Basketball Day Camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 8 will be held from July 24 through July 27. This camp emphasizes basic fundamentals in a non-competitive environment with baskets lowered.

Registration is open for all summer camps. Call Glenville State College at 462-7361 for more information. Ask for Dennis Fitzpatrick, Dwaine Osborne or Alan Fiddler, as is appropriate for your area of interest.