For the first time in 40 years of coaching, Barry University’s Butch Estes has signed two brothers in the same recruiting class.
But they are not twins.
Sawyer Glick is two years older than his brother, Kooper, but the two young men from Columbus, Indiana, will both be sophomores next season. They’re in the same class because Sawyer went to prep school before college.
The brothers came to Barry from different colleges with a desire to play together and to play at a higher level such as Barry, an NCAA Division II program that made the Elite Eight this past season.
Sawyer, a 6-4, 190-pound point guard, was the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Freshman of the Year last season at Spring Hill, an NAIA school. He averaged 15.8 points and shot 37 percent on three-pointers and 80 percent on free throws.
Kooper, a 6-3, 195-pound small forward, helped lead Rock Valley to the Division III National Junior College Athletic Association championship with a 33-3 record. He averaged 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, shooting 41 percent on three-pointers and 81 percent on free throws.
“Sawyer is incredibly sound fundamentally and can really shoot from the perimeter,” Estes said. “Kooper can shoot, but he’s known as a tenacious defender and rebounder.”
Barry also has three other recruits for next year:
▪ Kenan Guzonjic, a 6-8, 245-pound junior forward/center, is a transfer from Division I Colorado. The native of Bosnia-Herzegovina should contribute immediately.
▪ Evan Walshe, a 6-5, 175-pound freshman from the United Kingdom, might need a year to get stronger and adjust to playing in the U.S. But Estes is excited about his potential as a scorer.
▪ David Moya, a 6-0, 160-pound freshman point guard, is a former Archbishop McCarthy student. Estes said the plan is for Moya to learn behind junior point guard Elvar Fridriksson, who led the nation in assists last season.
In just one year in South Florida, Brian Slack, a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis, has carved out an impressive niche in local tennis circles.
Slack led ASA’s men’s and women’s tennis teams to junior college national championships last month.
It was the first national title for the ASA North Miami Beach campus. But Slack has done this before. He led ASA New York to national men’s and women’s titles in 2014 and 2015.
That’s six national titles in three years for Slack, a former college tennis player who set the IUPUI career record for wins.
His coaching career started to take off in 2010, when he was named the NJCAA Assistant Coach of the Year at Vincennes.
The next year, he helped Vincennes win a national title, and he earned his first head-coaching job at ASA New York in 2012.
Coming to the ASA Miami campus was always part of the plan for Slack. The school competes at the North Miami Beach Tennis Center, which is less than two miles from campus.
There aren’t many teams competing for NJCAA men’s (43) or women’s national tennis titles (56). Because of that — as well as Slack’s proven track record — ASA has quickly risen to the top.
Six ASA Miami women’s tennis players from this year’s team earned scholarships to play for four-year schools, and there were five such players from the men’s squad.
“Players know they can come here,” Slack said, “and we can help them get to the next level.”
Nova Southeastern University’s baseball coach Greg Brown was named the American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, as released by the ABCA office.
After starting off the year 11-10, Brown led his team to a 33-6 finish that included winning the NCAA South Region tournament and NCAA Division II National Championship for the time in program history. The Sharks went 9-1 in postseason play, defeating seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the country throughout that span.