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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, August 13, 2015 I 3 ause continued from page 1 When Krause arrived at Eastern he was a one- man recruiting depart- ment. It was a far cry. from today in college athletics, Krause said. "They have all these academic support peo- ple today, I was the academic support direc- tor," Krause said. "I took study hall two nights a week. I checked their grades and made sure they were on track." "We had a pipeline into Chicago into some of the worst schools you can imagine," Krause said. "I went into this one place, the kid's name was Melvin Bradley, a graduate of Eastern and now a suc- cessful businessman in Seattle." Krause made a home visit all the way from Washington state that impressed Bradley's mother. "It came down to whether she trusted me or not," Krause re- called of the visit. "Now if Melvin comes here will you guarantee he gets a col- lege education?" Krause was asked as the morn looked him right in the eye. "I said 'you can count on it, I will do everything in my power to make sure that he "We had a pipeline into Chicago into some of the worst schools you can imagine." Jerry Krause learns and comes out of there with a college education.'" Bradley got his de- gree and his mother was so proud she made the trip west on a bus to attend his graduation, Krause said. And then there was Roger Guiney, a native of Ireland, and a former teacher and coach in Garfield-Palouse High School. Recently re- tired, Guiney now runs a pair of massive family ranches and dabbles in ownership of a pub back in County Cork in his homeland. Krause met Guiney at his first basketball summer camp staged at tiny Notre Dame Uni- versity in Nelson, Brit- ish Columbia. The camp was coach-heavy with a ratio of about one coach for every two students. Guiney called Krause to ask if he could bring a few kids to the camp. "Yes, but I can't take them for free," he told him. The two met in Spo- kane for the journey north. He was driving a pickup truck with a homemade camper, Krause said. They got about halfway to Nelson and Guiney opened up the back of the camper and there are 10 kids inside, Krause said - nearly half the enroll- ment of the camp and all paid for by Guiney. "That guy, his heart was in the right place," Krause said. "I feel so good about having some impact on him." Along with part time work at Gonzaga, Krause will continue to help pro- pel a pet project caUed,"Be Like Coach," - named in honor of Krause's friend and mentor, the legend- ary John Wooden - onto the national, and maybe international stage. There's also his life- long dedication to fitness along side companion Cathy Kelly. Retirement in its traditional sense for some people means downtime, but not for Krause. "You just find other things to do," he said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. EWU photo Krause shares a teachable moment with Daryl Harris who played at Eastern in 1971-72. Teaching is a huge part of any coach being a success Krause be- lieves. continued from page 1 "We lost kids to Hunst- ville, RPI, Sacred Heart, (Alaska) Anchorage, some good programs, and we lost a couple of kids to some D-3 schools." "They don't really real- ize how good the hockey is here, as well as the educa- tion," Hanlon said. East- ern's program is popular for many jtmior-aged play- ers who "age-out" at 20 but 'can extend their play- ing time, and receive an affordable education. The BCIHL enters its 10th season in 2015-16 with just five teams and another 24-game sched- ule with each team play- ing three home and three away games. "Last year when Thompson River dropped out we had to play Selkirk 10 times," Hanlon said. "How'd that work? Well we were on a first name ....................... guards," he said because of the close proximity of the school located in Castlegar, B.C. Eastern could have more competition south of the border next season. "There's a rumor, and it's a pretty good rumor, UW has already talked to us for next year and supposedly they'll bring Oregon with them," Han- lon said. Prior to joining the BCIHL in 2011-12, East- ern had a long and suc- cessful association with the American Collegiate Hockey Association, the U.S. sanctioning body for club hockey. The Ea- gles routinely qualified for national tournament play but found playing weaker Western teams hampered them in the tournament. Since becoming the only current American team in the Canadian league, "The progression has been noticeable," Hanlon said. "Now, you don't just roll into Cheney and it's an easy two points, you're going to have to work for it." While a club team, EWU hockey shares sim- ilar honors with other varsity sports on cam- pus with their efforts in the classroom, Hanlon said. The team regularly features players who are on the Dean's List for academic excellence. "I think our grade point last year was 3.3 for the team and the year before we had four kids with 4.0s," Hanlon said. Eastern opens league play Friday, Oct. 2 at home versus the Uni- versity of Victoria at 7 p.m. in the University Recreation Center and entertains the same team the following night, also at 7. Training camp gets underway in mid-Sep- tember. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chene freepress. com. gles' volleyball picked eighth in Big Sky FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The Eastern Washing- ton University volleyball team has been tabbed to finish eighth in the 2015 Big Sky Conference pre- season coaches' poll, the league office announced, Aug. 11. EWU received 52 points in a vote by the conference's coaches, finishing just one point behind seventh-ranked Montana and 18 ahead of ninth-placed Southern Utah. Idaho State, last sea- son's Big Sky regular season champion, was once again atop the poll, receiving 108 l oints and four first-place votes. Northern Arizona re- ceived 106 points and three first-place votes to come in second while North Dakota also gar- nered three first- place votes Benson but re- ceived 101 points to come in third. Northern Colorado, the reigning Big Sky Tour- nament champion, rounds out the top four with 101 points and two first-place votes. Idaho, who received 84 points, and Portland State, who received 65, placed fifth and sixth, respectively. The top eight teams qualify for spots in the conference tournament at the end of the regular season. The Eagles fell just shy of returning to the Big Sky Tournament last season, owning the best record of any team not to make the field. Eastern returns three starters and eight letter winners from last year's team. Three players are coming off redshirt sea- sons while six newcomers have joined the program in the offseason. Head coach Wade Ben.son also returns to the bench after a year's leave of'absence while battling cancer. 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