Playing College Basketball at Pratt University
Michael has a long coaching record. Started as a Head Coach of Junior Varsity at Kent Denver private school in Colorado. 6 years spending countless nights and many early mornings and late afternoons coaching. All the while, welcoming a family into his lives with 3 children in 3 years at home.
Enjoying coaching JV yet desiring a team of his own, wanting to design his own program and wanting more time with his new family, Michael left Kent Denver and moved to Denver Jewish Day School, another private school in Colorado, 5 years ago. Denver JDS didn’t really have a team and certainly not a program. The kids had never seen a play, were never accountable for attending practice, were never cut from the team (even if they were a senior) and never had a coach that would put his reputation on the line and get T’d up.
Michael saw the elementary and raw program at Denver JDS as a welcomed opportunity. A place he could re-write the schools athletic program, a place he could develop into a winning team and a place he could call his own.
After only a few games, the first season, many years ago, it was clear what Michael loved the most, was coaching young, wide eyed teenagers into talented and strong young men who were succeeding on the court as much as off the court. What I loved the most was having Fridays and Saturdays to observe the jewish Sabbath with Michael at home and not coaching- thus a perfect balance of family and ball.
As Michael coached his 2nd year at Denver JDS and his team was headed to the State Play Off’s, for the first time in school history, which were to be played on Shabbat and our school would have to forfeit, the families of Denver JDS rallied around this amazing coaches accomplishment and pushed CHASA into changing what days and times Denver JDS would play the state games. I will never forget working out at the gym and seeing DENVER JDS COACH MICHAEL FOONBERG….on the ESPN ticker on National TV. Michael took his team to the first state play off’s in history, making history along the way!
Years later, several state runs later, Michael has another accomplishment to celebrate – his first High School player to play College ball, Ari Grant.
Ari is a leader in his college ball program with points and rebounds. A combination of his natural born height and skills taught by his beloved Coach! Ari’s accomplishment is nothing short of awesomness!
As Michael’s strength is seen on a daily basis after our own summer of survival, it’s sure nice to have your first player go on to play college ball to help get you stronger, faster!
Only 7 months ago, I wasn’t sure if Michael would be coaching this year. As the season is underway and practices are not just in the gym but now at our Trainers gym too, another element to Michaels program has been developed- the first game of his season is just 98 hours away, December 3, 2012. As Michael steps onto the court this year, it will mean more than in any year past. To our family, it will mean victory!
Stepping onto the court to coach will represent another miracle in our life’s path, Michaels coaching career and journey with cancer. I believe Ari will be watching from afar and routing his old high school coach to not just another run at state, but another season of many accomplishments as Michaels place isn’t just on the court for these young men but off the court as he continues to root for them, wherever they all go!
Mazel Tov Ari! To you, your family and all of your time committment it took to accomplish such a goal!
My Ology Of The Day
Nothing is out of reach