Sep 25, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTim Duryea knows what it takes to get his team into the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The Utah State University associate men's basketball coach has led the Aggies to the tournament eight times in the last 12 years.
CWC coach Curtis Condie invited Duryea to come to the Riverton campus for a two-day coaching clinic.
"Usually when you are invited to a clinic it gives you a chance to see a friend of yours," Duryea said. "I have known Curtis for a long time. Coach Condie is tremendous. Central Wyoming is fortunate to have him. He is going to keep on getting better."
Others coaches at the clinic on Friday night were Seton Sebolwski, head women's basketball coach at Idaho State University, and Gerold Mattinson, associated head women's basketball coach at University of Wyoming. Mattinson is the top assistant coach for UW women's coach Joe Legerski.
"All the coaches said you must hold your kids accountable," Condie said.
Sebolwski won the 2011 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
Louis Wilson (Adams State, head men's basketball coach), Bill Evans (head men's basketball coach at Idaho State), Jeremy Shyatt (assistant coach at the University of Wyoming), Steve Barnes (director of player development at Colorado State), Dick Hunsaker (head coach at Utah Valley University) spoke on Saturday.
The coaching clinic drew more than 50 high school coaches to the two-day event.
"I personally learned a couple of different ways we might add to our defense and different drills to add to our practice plays to help teach my students how to play," Condie said.
Condie wants the clinic to be an annual event at CWC.
Duryea on USU
"Utah State had a great basketball tradition long before we got there," Duryea said. "There has been a lot of coaches that has had a lot of success at Utah State."
Duryea is entering his 12th season as an assistant coach for the Aggies.
"We tell our players that haven't been before that it's really like no other experience," said Duryea about going to the NCAA tournament. "Everything from the police escort to the arena, the security at the arena and the way the media interviews are done. They tell you where to go and when to be there. It's a very tightly run situation at every regional.
"It's a phenomenal experience. You usually don't have to get your guys fired up to be there. You have to calm them down."
Duryea said the toughest loss to take in the NCAA tournament was four years ago when the Aggies couldn't protect a lead and fell to Marquette.
USU was up six with about three and a half minutes left in regulation and didn't close the deal.
In the 2010-2011 season, USU advanced to the NCAA tournament with a 30-4 record.
"They feel like they want to be a part of the postseason and play where 10,000 people come to the game and 4,000 students," Duryea said.
Last year, the Aggies went 18-15 and advanced to the Collegeinsider.com tournament.
Coach Stew Morrill is the head coach at USU. Duryea has high respect for Morrill on the way he handles everything on and off the court.
"Coach Morrill is a guy that is well respected in the coaching community," Duryea said.
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