One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 8, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
When you are coach and even when you are an athletic director not every student you have on one of your teams is a player. Some students choose to take on a supporting role. I have been fortunate to interact with many of them over my career in college athletics. Sometimes these young men and women are volunteering and take on the role of student manager, student coach, game operations coordinator, or media relations assistant.
In 2005 I got to know a young man named from Chapel Hill, NC named Carlos Vega who came to UNC Pembroke.
He became one of those students who wasn’t an athlete but played an important role on the team he was involved with.
Carlos was very smart and earned dual bachelor’s degrees in 2009, from UNC Pembroke, one degree in computer science and another in Spanish. He was head men’s basketball student assistant/manager at UNC Pembroke, from 2005-2009, during his undergraduate years.
Front Row far left Carlos Vega-2008/2009 UNC Pembroke Basketball Team.
He got to work for Jason Tinsley for three seasons and in his senior year he worked under now UNC Pembroke Head Basketball Coach Ben Miller. Carlos also became very good friends with not only members of the men’s team but many on the women’s team also. He was hard working and responsible. Those qualities have served him well since he left Pembroke.
He left Pembroke in 2009 and began working with the Women’s Basketball team at the University of Miami while he earned a master’s of education degree in sports administration.
He fast tracked that degree program and completed it in 2010. After graduating from Miami he began to look for internship opportunities in college athletics and it soon took him to Burlington, Vermont in 2011 to work at St. Michael’s College as a NCAA marketing/administration intern. Carlos had previously done internships at the University of Miami and UNC Chapel Hill before arriving in Vermont.
At St Michael’s he worked on community service outreach projects for the athletic teams, served as an announcer/score-keeper for university athletic events, staged a “MidKnight Madness” event for men’s and women’s basketball, and started a spirit group/fan group “Knight Watch”. St. Michael’s nickname is the Knights.
After one year of interning St. Michael’s College offered him his current position as Assistant Director of Admission for Multicultural Enrollment. That position has him traveling all across the East Coast of the United States. He sometimes can see teammates and alumni from UNC Pembroke in his travels. One friend he doesn’t see much but stays in contact with is Jabbar Adams.
The Friend-CARLOS VEGA
The Friend of the Friend-JABBAR ADAMS
From Gastonia to Tahlequah, OK
Jabbar Adams is a long way from home chasing his dream to become a college basketball coach. His coaching started by being a player everyone knew and respected at UNC Pembroke. In 2006 after graduating from UNC Pembroke his college coach Jason Tinsley gave him his first opportunity by hiring him as a graduate assistant basketball coach for the men’s basketball team at UNCP.
Jabbar today is back reunited with Jason Tinsley beginning his first year at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Jabbar had spent the previous two seasons at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama which was in the Peach Belt Conference. The Peach Belt Conference is the league UNC Pembroke plays in. Prior to his time as the top assistant for the NCAA Division II Falcons, Jabbar worked as an assistant from 2008-12 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
Tarleton State University is coached by Lonn Reisman who has a brother named Todd Reisman that lives in Lumberton, NC.
Jabbar is also a dad and even though he is extremely competitive he does melt around his daughter.
Jabbar is an upcoming coach that I am sure will be a head coach one day soon.