BALTIMORE, Md. — There’s really no script to follow if you are a college coach during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We’re kind of learning and hopefully adapting on the fly here," said Towson University head men's basketball coach Pat Skerry.
That’s just what he did on Friday. He adapted. Skerry took a coaching clinic and made it virtual.
100 basketball coaches from all over the country - from college, high school, AAU and youth organizations - signed up to participate for free. Skerry and his staff broke down some of what the Tigers do on offense, on defense and answered questions.
"Hopefully the coaches that are taking their time to come on will find some things they like and can utilize in their men’s or women’s programs," said Skerry.
Ideas from one tailored for another.
"That’s all we’re doing anyhow, as coaches, we’re stealing from each other and trying to see what fits us," added Skerry with a laugh.
As for his team, Skerry said he reaches out to his players every day. It’ll be back to campus in due time.
"Safety is the No. 1 concern," he said. "As much as everyone is itching to get back to work, safety is the number one concern."
And he does foresee a 2020-21 season.
"Very optimistic we’re going to have a basketball season. Everyone is aware the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is a key piece to running athletics."
It’s never too early to start dreaming about March Madness.