Great day for two special Five-Star family members, Coaches Brad Stevens and John Groce. Both Indiana by-products whose ascension on the coaching ranks is proof to all aspiring coaches that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.
John Groce first worked Five-Star as an assistant coach at Taylor University. A little known school's assistant coach who wrote a letter to work Five-Star. I remember working with John at Five-Star, he was eager, passionate and wanted to learn. He was a very good stationmaster. When we had an opportunity to send a team of coaches to lead Five-Star in Turkey, John was one who we thought would be perfect. He led Five-Star's efforts in Turkey working with the Turkish Basketball Federation and developing Turkey into a World Basketball power. Groce was on his way to stardom. Herb Sendek gave Groce his first opportunity at NC State. He then went to Xavier with Thad Matta who he followed into the Final Four and as Associate Head Coach of the Ohio State University. Ohio University named him there head coach in 2008.
Brad Stevens, was a player at Depauw University had aspirations to coach. He volunteered coach at Carmel High School while working at Eli Lilly. Long-time Five-Star Hall of Fame Coach, Pete Smith called and recommended Brad to work Five-Star. Brad was a terrific asset on staff. He had a passion for basketball and his gift was apparent. He was a terrific stationmaster and coach at Five-Star.
These two individuals represent the best in coaching. It was love for the game and passion to advance in their profession that fueled their careers. Five-Star was fortunate to play a role in their development.