Belmont College

Belmont Technical College to Host Motivational Speaker

St. Clairsville, OH (October 25, 2011) - In part of an effort to positively impact the lives of students and the community, Belmont Technical College will be hosting Coach James Burson at their Main Campus on November 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Horizon Hall.

"Coach Burson is known for his ability to motivate and inspire individuals," said Jennifer Redrup, Director of Student Engagement, Leadership, and Career Services. "We are bringing him to the College to share his life insights, with our students, staff, and the public. We hope many of the local community members will take the opportunity to come and hear him speak."

The no-cost event is open to the public.

Dr. James F. Burson, Motivational SpeakerAbout Dr. James F. Burson:

Dr. James (Jim) F. Burson is a sought-after basketball consultant and motivational speaker. He is known as a "coaches' coach" for his lifetime commitment to improving the quality of the game at all levels.

Jim is writing a book, The Golden Whistle, and authors Jim Burson's Solution-Based Basketball ( <http://www.jimburson.com> www.jimburson.com) a popular blog about basketball and life. He is strategic marketing consultant for 94Fifty, a young company with revolutionary basketball technology.

Jim is a consultant for Nike and founded its Coaches Learning Academy for youth coaches. He also evaluates Nike's prestigious Skills Academies and Elite Youth Basketball League.

Sports Illustrated featured Jim in a famous article about the complex Princeton Offense, crediting him with "cracking the code" of the offense and dubbing him "the Connector" and "the Disseminator" for his role in sharing its secrets with coaches around the country.

An all-time top ten Division III coach, Jim was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was involved in the selection process for the '84 Gold Medal Olympic team, coached at the Olympic Sports Festival, and was named an All-Time Assistant Coach for the USA Olympic Festival.

Jim is a member of three halls of fame: Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, Muskingum University Hall of Fame and the inaugural Marysville High School Hall of Fame.

Jim had a distinguished 42-year career at Muskingum University, retiring in 2006 as professor of physical and health education and as head coach of the men's basketball team. He served twice as chair of his department while serving simultaneously as athletic director, and founded the school's athletic hall of fame He has received the university's distinguished alumni and distinguished faculty awards.

Jim graduated from Muskingum in 1963 and earned his PhD and master's degrees from The Ohio State University.

Founded in 1971, Belmont Technical College is one of 23 community colleges in the University System of Ohio. The College offers more than 30 associate degrees and 11 certificate programs to serve the multiple needs of area citizens. Belmont offers a comprehensive array of credit and non-credit programming at the main campus in St. Clairsville. The College also has locations in Cadiz and Woodsfield, Ohio. BTC serves more than 2000 students throughout Monroe, Harrison, and Belmont Counties and beyond.

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