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Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram
MIDLAND, TEXAS - Jacqueline Niagwan has probably filled up a few notebooks in her few short weeks around the Midland College men’s basketball team.
Niagwan is the first female head coach of a men’s professional basketball team in her home country of Nigeria and she’s using her time with the Chaparrals to learn about not just basketball but about interacting with young men strictly as an observer.
“I’ve learned a lot,” she said. “There are certain things as a coach that I didn’t know. Apart from coaching I’ve learned about the relationships between coaches and players. Here it’s really good because it gives players a sense of worth, a sense of belonging. I noticed that the coaches don’t just teach them about basketball but about the facts of life. They teach them about respect, having the right attitude and about being disciplined.”
Third-year Chaps coach Jordan Dreiling said it’s been a pleasure to have Niagwan come and observe the team and said his team has learned a lot from her as well ...
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REMINDER .. The Midland College Chaparral men’s basketball team will scrimmage the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Falcons this Friday, October 23rd, 3:00 p.m. at the Physical Education (P.E.) Building, which is just across the campus loop road from the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.