New Faces on the bench for QU Basketball
By Marsalis Johnson
The QU Men’s Basketball Team has been through a lot during the summer. The team added new players and assistant coaches to fill in vacant spots.
QU Head Coach Ryan Hellenthal introduced two coaches in July. Two of these coaches are entering their first season as assistant coaches for the QU Men’s Basketball program.
Austin Hawkins from Auburndale, Wisconsin. Hawkins comes to QU after serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Winona State Warriors. He is the youngest coach in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
“I am really glad that I was able to take the opportunity of becoming part of the basketball program. My goal here is to make sure that these young men are prepared for anything within the season,” Hawkins explained.
CJ Gleaton is from Anderson, South Carolina. He spent his past two years at Clemson University, where he served as the graduate assistant for the Tigers men’s team. He considers himself a gym rat meaning that he likes seeing guys who are working on their craft and working hard as well.
“I am happy to be part of this program and the development of this team. My goal here is not only to improve the players work but to also improve myself in a coaching standpoint. This year is going to be exciting for all of us,” Gleaton said.
The basketball program is off to a new beginning of a new season starting in October 15. Preseason began two weeks ago and the coaches are more than ready to prepare the athletes for the season.
“They have been dong a real good job of preparing these young men through the preseason. This year is going to be something special for all of us and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this coming year,” Hellenthal said.