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McConathy, Van Linder speak at high school coaches clinic
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Northwestern State men's basketball coach Mike McConathy and women's soccer coach Geogrge Van Linder spoke at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association clinic at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge on July 23.

McConathy has spoken at the LHSCA Clinic many times in his 30 years as head coach at Northwestern State (the last 14 seasons) and for 16 previous years at Bossier Parish Community College. He has posted 575 career wins, passing Grambling's Fred Hobdy late last season as the state record-holder for career men's college basketball triumphs.

"It's an honor to be invited to present to the high school coaches in our state," said McConathy, "and we're going to cover a lot of ground in a variety of ways with our staff speaking and demonstrating during our time in front of the group."

The Demons posted their third 20-win season in nine years and made their third NCAA Tournament appearance under McConathy this past season. Their 23-9 record included a Southland Conference Tournament championship game win after they were edged by one game by Stephen F. Austin in the regular-season race for the league crown.

The 23 victories were the second-most wins in a season ever at Northwestern. The Demons ranked among the nation's top 100 teams in 11 NCAA statistical categories, including finishing second nationally in scoring (at 80 points per game) and sixth in steals per game (9.8 per game).

Van Linder kicked off his second full season by speaking twice Tuesday to the state's prep soccer coaches at the annual Louisiana High School Coaches Association Clinic at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.

Van Linder presented "Planning Your Preseason" in a one-hour session, then later spoke about "Diamonds for Demons," talking about how he is developing the NSU program along the lines of those he nurtured in 15 seasons as head coach at Butler, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Baylor.

"I was thrilled when asked to speak to the high school soccer coaches in Louisiana," said Van Linder. "I am still connecting with them, and I think this is a great chance for them to have a better idea of how we do things, and for me to get to know the coaches in the state a little better."  

Van Linder took the NSU soccer post in spring 2012 after serving as associate head coach at Oklahoma.
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