June 3, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Greyhounds men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was one of 25 NCAA college basketball and football coaches to play in the prestitigious Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational held over the weekend at the fabled Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. In its ninth year, the event hosts participants in support of the fight against cancer.
Among the coaches playing the Golf Invitational were NCAA Championship head coaches Gary Williams (Maryland), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tubby Smith (Minnesota) and Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), who was honored with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award at the 2008 Final Four in San Antonio and announced last week that he was cancer-free after a second bout with skin cancer. Other participating coaches were Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's), Jay Wright (Villanova), Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston) and Mark Gottfried (Alabama). In all, 25 coaches were paired with threesomes for two days of golf and good will.
"I was proud to take part in such a worthy event and represent Loyola College with such an outstanding list of coaches and people," Patsos commented. "This was good exposure for the College and our program and we were able to continue some good work in the fight against Cancer."
Coaches vs. Cancer supports the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer through its involvement with numerous programs and events, including the summer Golf Invitational. The Greyhounds participated in the 2006 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and Coach Patsos has been a participant in the Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend during his tenure as head coach.
The Inverness Club has hosted eight major championships during its illustrious 92-year history, including four U.S. Opens. The Club will play host to the 2009 NCAA Division I Golf Championship.