PRINCETON, N.J. - Four of the nation's most successful high school basketball coaches will serve as head coaches for the second annual All-American Championship, which takes place on Sunday, April 1, at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La.
The first game of the doubleheader will match the West vs. the East, followed by the North vs. the South. Tip-off is 2:00pm. Each game will be aired live on ESPN3 with a rebroadcast of the doubleheader beginning at 8:00pm on ESPNU.
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A panel of the nation's most respected media covering high school basketball serves as the selection committee for the All-American Championship: Paul Biancardi (ESPN.com); Eric Bossi (Rivals.com); Frank Burlison (BurlisonOnBasketball.com); Evan Daniels (Scout.com); Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop); Joel Francisco (ESPN.com); Rob Harrington (Prep Stars); Jason Hickman (Max Preps); Jim Hicks (RCS Sports, Houston); Tom Konchalski (High School Basketball Illustrated); and Chris Lawlor (New York Daily News).
Craig Brownson will head up the West squad. An assistant coach in last year's inaugural All-American Championship in Houston, Brownson is in his fifth season at Travis High School (Richmond, Texas). In that time the Tigers have won 131 games, including a school record 35 this season, and two straight district championships. He was named District 23-5A Coach of the Year in 2011.
The East team will be coached by Mount Vernon (N.Y.) head coach Bob Cimmino. In 18 years at Mount Vernon, Cimmino has led the Knights to six state championships, including the 2012 crown, marking the third time since 1978 that Mount Vernon has won back-to-back state championships. No other coach in New York State history has won more state titles than Cimmino, who has won 387 games, 13 Section 1 championships (including the last seven in a row and 12 of the last 13), and four Federation crowns (with one more to be played next weekend in Albany, N.Y.). This past weekend he was inducted into the New York Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Serving as head coach of the South team is Milton High School (Alpharetta, Ga.) head coach David Boyd. During his tenure with the Eagles, Boyd has guided his teams to 601 wins and six state championships in 10 appearances, including this year's Georgia 5A title. He has also led Milton to 14 region championships. His teams are a remarkable 10-0 in state semifinal games and 18-2 in state tournament contests the past four years.
The North squad will be led by Robert Smith, head coach at Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, Ill.). In his eight years at the helm of the Wolverines, Simeon has won five state championships, including each of the last three Illinois 4A titles. He owns a 230-37 record at Simeon and has coached, among others, NBA all-star Derrick Rose.
These head coaches will be assisted by four New Orleans area head coaches: Bill Gallagher (Brother Martin High School, New Orleans), Errol Gauff (St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Hammond, La.), Chris Jennings (Jesuit High School, New Orleans), and Mike Krajcer (John Curtis High School, River Ridge, La.). In addition, Kevin Dankosky (formerly of South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Ga.) and Gary DeCesare (St. Rita High School, Chicago, Ill.) will also assist. Their team assignments will be determined at a later date.
The All-American Championship is produced by The Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Sports Classic, the Legends Classic, the Gotham Classic, and the CBI presented by Zebra Pen. The Gazelle Group is a member of USA Basketball.
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