‘The General’ to head BVI
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Basketball Federation elected Guy ‘The General’ Malone as its new leader, during
a special meeting held at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports last
election to the post—by a 9-2 margin over Devon ‘Mi Gente’ Osborne—ended a month
long search that began with nominations in January. There were several delays
throughout the process before Malone, one of the most successful coaches in the
history of the territory, stepped forward to become the federation’s 10th
Malone was the
field general for the Disciples, guiding them to six BVI Amateur Basketball
Association championships—including a 3-peat from 1993-95—before the association
became a federation. He replaces Elvis ‘Jughead’ Harrigan who has been tapped to
run the BVI $10M Multipurpose Sports Complex.
his new role as ‘a big challenge.’ “But, I think for the amount of years I’ve
been with basketball, it’s time I give back something on the other side of the
fence. I’ve been a player in the late 70s, most of the 80s and a coach from 1990
to present,” Malone explained. “So I think it’s time to give back something to
the association.” As a coach, he said he always harassed past presidents Elvis
‘Jughead’ Harrigan and Roy Barry about certain things he would like to see
happen with the sport. “Now I have the opportunity to make some of these things
happen, along with the blessings of the other new members of the federation,”
challenges facing BVI basketball Malone says, is raising the level of the
“A lot of our
youths, they know and love the game, but, the fundamental aspects of basketball,
because we are lacking that, you find when we go abroad to competitions, we are
behind,” he noted. “I would like to see that enhanced from the junior level
suspended its league in 2001 paving way for the construction of a Multipurpose
Sports Complex that was completed last year. Malone said it’s now a new
beginning and members are working together to come up with new ideas. “One of
the things we discussed was getting into the educational system, especially at
the BVI High School to have inter-house competitions. We would like to get back
in and begin associating ourselves with the schools and getting this sort of
competition started from that level,” he pointed out.
“That will help
enhance some of our youths who are slowly dropping out. If you give them
interesting things and have competitions from there, it will help them stay in
school and further their careers.”
immediate plans, the federation has established a committee to amend its
constitution. Opening of the league and deciding how many teams in a junior and
senior division, were among items discussed during the federation’s first
meeting held Tuesday at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Basketball Federation Presidents; Robert Mathavious, Mark Vanterpool, Leo
Douglas, Lily Romney, Marvin Blyden, Wendell Gaskin, Steve Turnbull, Roy Barry
and Elvis Harrigan.
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