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La Salle Univer­sity bas­ket­ball coach teaches good habits at Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Com­mu­nity

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La Salle Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball as­sis­tant coach Sean Singletary leads Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Cen­ter stu­dents in a drill. Singletary and head coach Ash­ley Howard vis­ited the school Sept. 18 to help cel­e­brate “Be a Leader” spirit day.

HOR­SHAM » New La Salle Univer­sity head men’s bas­ket­ball coach Ash­ley Howard’s mes­sage to stu­dents at Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Com­mu­nity was clear.

“Suc­cess­ful peo­ple de­velop habits,” he said. “Whether those habits are com­ing home every day and do­ing your home­work or learn­ing how to tie your shoes … those are things we learn as chil­dren that be­come the ini­tial habits that we al­ways can ref­er­ence when we get older.”

Howard and as­sis­tant coach Sean Singletary vis­ited the school Sept. 18 to help cel­e­brate “Be a Leader” spirit day. Dur­ing two ses­sions with the more than 600 stu­dents at the school, Howard and Co-Prin­ci­pal Steven Glaize talked about the im­por­tance of team­work, set­ting goals and de­vel­op­ing good habits in both sports and life.

Glaize, a 1994 La Salle alum­nus, said he hoped every stu­dent took the lessons they were em­pha­siz­ing to heart.

Crooked Bil­let and Hal­low­ell ele­men­tary schools merged to­gether this year while con­struc­tion fin­ishes at the for­mer, and Glaize said it was im­por­tant to him that stu­dents unite in the mean­time.

“We want to be a united com­mu­nity; we want to be a com­mu­nity of learn­ers and a com­mu­nity of to­geth­er­ness,” he said. “I think our abil­ity to be able to do that to­day high­lights what we want. These are the goals that we have. I think Coach did a nice job of show­ing that.”

Howard, who is in his first year at the helm for La Salle af­ter five years as an as­sis­tant coach at Vil­lanova Univer­sity, ref­er­enced how his play­ers pre­pare for games by shoot­ing 100 3-point shots every day be­fore they be­gin classes for the day. They also shoot 100 free throws at every prac­tice.

Stu­dents prac­ticed bounce passes with their class­mates across the gym floor. Then they mar­veled as Singletary shot two free throws while they screamed at him to try to pres­sure him. Howard then in­vited fourth-grader Cowen Trexler to also take two free throws while his class­mates screamed. Cowen barely missed the first shot but then eas­ily sunk the sec­ond.

“We’re go­ing to be re­cruit­ing him soon,” an im­pressed Howard later joked. “I’m go­ing to have to keep my eye on him.”

Cowen said the as­sem­bly taught him about the im­por­tance of help­ing his com­mu­nity, be­ing a leader and help­ing oth­ers in need.

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SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS — HAT­BORO-HOR­SHAM SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

La Salle Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball as­sis­tant coach Sean Singletary leads Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Cen­ter stu­dents in a drill.

La Salle Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball coach Ash­ley Howard speaks to stu­dents at Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Cen­ter dur­ing “Be a Leader” spirit day Sept. 18.

Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Cen­ter stu­dents work on a bas­ket­ball drill dur­ing “Be a Leader” spirit day Sept. 18.

La Salle Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball coach Ash­ley Howard, right, speaks to stu­dents at Crooked Bil­let-Hal­low­ell Learn­ing Cen­ter dur­ing “Be a Leader” spirit day Sept. 18.

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