POWER basketball coaches overseas this summer

Three coaches from the Sanford POWER Basketball Academy at the Sanford Pentagon were invited to work overseas this summer. Pat Coughlin, head academy, and coaches Lynn Fredrick and Brett Schlekeway traveled abroad to coach various 365 Sports teams. Schlekeway coached in Italy from July 28-Aug. 5. Coughlin and Fredrick worked in the Bahamas from Aug. 1-9.

“It was a great opportunity for us,” said Coughlin. “We had the opportunity to work with athletes and coaches from across the country.”

Building the program

Coughlin tried to use the further to build the Pentagon Academy, while also learning tricks of the trade to bring back to Sioux Falls to implement into his programs.

“We believe it was beneficial on both fronts,” said Coughlin. “We had a great opportunity in front of us to be in areas we have never been to before. And we were thrilled to share what we have going on here in Sioux Falls at the Sports Complex and the Pentagon.”

Fredrick was formerly a middle school science teacher and the head girls’ basketball coach at Brookings High School. He now works part-time with the Pentagon Academy as a skill development coach.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to travel, grow professionally, network and establish new relationships,” said Frederick.

“Where this game might lead you”

Schlekeway had a similar opportunity in Italy.

“I have been teaching and coaching for over 20 years, and it continues to amaze me to see where this game might lead you,” said Schlekeway, who was also a former high school coach. “If there is an opportunity to help young athletes achieve their dreams, then I want to help provide that opportunity for them.”

The coaches all share an excitement about their journeys.

“I was excited about the whole experience,” said Coughlin. “It was great working with new coaches and athletes from across the country and to compete against international teams.”