The Gym Bag: Wagner men’s hoop coach named to prestigious list, youth soccer refs needed and more

Wagner men’s basketball coach Bashir Mason has been named to the “40 Under 40 – Rising Stars in Men’s College Basketball” list.

According to the article, which features the Seahawk coach in 15th place, Mason “has established himself as one of the best intermediate trainers in America.”

Last season, Mason entered the elite territory, becoming only the second coach in the 40-year history of the conference to win three Jim Phelan Coach of the Year awards, and joined NEC Hall of Fame coach Howie Dickenman, who has won that title four times in his career. at CCSU.

After the 2020-21 season, Mason was also one of the finalists for the 2020-21 Hugh Durham Award, which is awarded annually to the best Division I middle coach in college basketball.

Wagner’s head coach was also one of the finalists for the Ben Jobe Award, which is awarded annually to the top minority coach in Division I.

Now in his 10th season as the Seahawks’ head coach, Mason racked up his 146th career win in Wagner’s win over the VCU on November 13, as he continues to approach 150 career victories.

Mason was the youngest Major League coach when he was named the 18th men’s basketball coach in school history on March 26, 2012 and is the fastest coach to win 100 games in Seahawk history.

I’m looking for a few good football referees

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), the father of the Staten Island Youth Soccer League, is currently looking for a few good referees.

For various reasons, the organization suffers from a shortage of referees and is attractive to men and women who have either coached teams or encouraged their children and still want to participate in the game.

“There are many wonderful things that happen when you become a referee for youth football, including learning to manage people, being your own boss by going straight to the client (players, coaches, leagues), getting (or keeping) in shape, expanding yourself by leaving your comfort zone as well as meeting the greatest people on the youth soccer field, all while making money,” an ENYYSA spokesperson said. “Becoming a youth soccer player could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!”

The minimum age is 14 years to obtain the certificate. Here is the registration link:

How to…

The certification course begins online and is followed by a field session. You can contact the District Education Coordinator in your area if you have questions. Mike Gervasi of SISYL is the contact here. His email is His contact number is 718-614-5024.

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