It was announced recently that North Carolina Wesleyan College head basketball coach John Thompson has been named to the NABC (National Association of basketball Coaches) Division III All-Star Game Nominating Committee. Thompson is one of 9 members on the committee and will represent the South Region. The Nominating Committee is charged with overseeing the nomination and selection of participants for the Division III All-Star Game, which is sponsored by Reese's, a Hershey Company brand.
"I am honored to represent the NABC and to serve all of the outstanding players that we coach," stated Coach Thompson.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), located in Kansas City, Mo., was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach. Formation of the NABC began as an emergency measure for the presentation of a united opinion the Joint Basketball Rules Committee, then the central governing authority of the game, announced without notice that it had adopted a change in the rules which virtually eliminated the dribble. Allen, a student of basketball founder James Naismith, organized coaches to take a stand in a nationwide protest which successfully postponed the adoption of the rule change for one year. It is worthy to note that the dribble still is part of the game of basketball. This marked the beginning of this collective group of coaches to serve as Guardians of the Game. Since its inception, the NABC has contributed numerous ideas and programs to help preserve and enhance the positive aspects of college basketball. These initiatives include establishing the original Basketball Hall of Fame (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame), creating the format for today's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, supporting Coaches vs. Cancer, and building the College Basketball Experience, which houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, as part of Sprint Center located in downtown Kansas City, Mo.