Insurers, banks natural partners in long-term financing – Swiss Re

first_imgHowever, at the Swiss Re conference, another panel member, former ECB president Jean Claude Trichet, warned against further increases in debt issuance.He called on institutional investors, as well as regulators, to “bias equities” and increase exposure to the asset class.“We have seen the dangers of piling up debt, and, therefore, it is important investors increase the share of equities in their portfolios,” he said.Trichet said he was “surprised to still see a bias against equity and pro debt in many economies”.He told IPE any bias towards equities should be a long-term perspective, as equity markets were overpriced.“Thinking ahead, a higher equity exposure makes sense, and it would be safer than piling up new debt,” he said.Fürer agreed that “equity is important”, as “it is the basis for any type of financing including debt”.However, he pointed out that certain investors were better suited to taking on more equity investments than insurers, with long-term liabilities best mirrored by fixed income instruments.Swiss Re itself invests about 7% of its $128bn (€94bn) portfolio in equities, which is “within the strategic range”, said Fürer.To increase exposure to infrastructure financing, which, on average, makes up 1% of European insurers’ portfolios, Fürer would like to see a “market-consistent spread risk charge under Solvency II”.Further, he called on all stakeholders to continue the dialogue to “allow a tradeable infrastructure debt asset class to emerge”.To this end, he said, “we need to have best practices agreed between the public and private sector on bond documentation and disclosure requirements”.Fürer added: “Currently, infrastructure projects are almost non-accessible for institutional investors. Private involvement in financing makes such projects more efficient.”Furthermore, he stressed that a tradeable asset class would “attract a lot of private capital”.”Policy risk is still the risk number one in infrastructure investment,” he said.“A tradeable asset class is the best risk-mitigation strategy”. Insurers’ role in being able to provide risk capital and “thus act as a shock absorber” should not be weakened but strengthened, according to Swiss Re Group CIO Guido Fürer.Weighing in on the debate over long-term financing, Fürer told IPE: “Insurers are part of the value chain in lending, as they can offer size and long-term financing.”Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a Swiss Re round-table meeting on financial repression and the role of institutional investors in long-term financing, he argued that banks and insurers were “complementary partners” in the world of lending, as banks had the customer access and “necessary insight” into project risks such as infrastructure, while insurers had the long-term investment horizon to match their liabilities.Last week, the Austrian finance minister Hans Jörg Schelling repeated criticism raised by the IMF on institutional investors competing with banks over financing and “distorting” the market. last_img read more

New study reveals terrible suffering but also hope for women who have abortions

first_imgLifeSite News 8 January 2018Family First Comment: The untold stories…www.chooselife.nzA study published in December in the peer-reviewed Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons reveals that women suffer from a wide variety of severely traumatic psychological effects from abortion, effects that often last for many years and have life-changing consequences.The study also interestingly found that women who have endured such abortion-related emotional trauma often believe that their suffering has ultimately benefited them, providing a stimulus for them to help other women in crisis pregnancies.“Women Who Suffered Emotionally from Abortion: A Qualitative Synthesis of Their Experiences,” reviews data generated from 987 women with a history of abortion who were invited to participate in an online survey.When asked what negative effects, if any, they attribute to their abortions, 23.7% recognized that they had taken a life. Many mentioned that they suffered from depression (14.4%), guilt or remorse (14%), self-hatred or other negative feelings towards themselves (12.4%), shame (10.9%), and regret (9.3%).“My child is dead and by my own choice,” one participant is quoted as saying. “I spent years of anger, shame, and grief. It damaged my relationship with my husband, my children, and my God. For 30 years I did not speak of it to anyone but my husband. My grief overwhelmed him and left him powerless and ashamed.”“My life was interrupted in a way that after 30 years, since my last abortion, I am still hurting, emotionally and mentally as a result of my choices. I will have to live with them for the rest of my life on earth” another participant stated.Many also mentioned self-destructive behavior as a negative consequence, including substance addiction or abuse (9%), promiscuity, self-punishment, and poor choices (7.7%), and impulses or even attempts at suicide (6.2%).When asked to name positive effects, if any, had come from their abortions, a little less than one third (31.6%) of participants said that there were none. Those who listed “positive” effects tended to indicate that their suffering had stimulated changes in their lives that inclined them to pro-life and crisis pregnancy activism.Such positive changes included a “deepened spiritual life (finding forgiveness, peace, inner healing” (17.5%), commitment to crisis pregnancy work (13.3%) or pro-life work in general (6.4%), speaking or writing about their abortion experiences (8.9%), helping women to recover from abortion-related trauma by communicating the love and forgiveness of God (8.2%), and conversion to Christianity (7.5%).“As a CPC [crisis pregnancy center] volunteer, I have been able to persuade most of my abortion minded clients to at least wait until they could see an ultrasound before they made their decisions,” said one woman. “All that have done that have chosen life for their children. I would probably not have become a volunteer had it not been for the abortion I had.”“The one positive is that it has brought me to my end and brought me to my knees before God,” wrote another participant. “He has drawn me to him through His endless forgiveness, mercy, and grace. I think He could have shown me those same things had I chosen another path, but this is how I came to Him, not as a Christian, because I already was one, but as one who really knows Him now.”A little over 20% of participants did not respond to either question about the effects of abortion.The study’s primary author is Dr. Priscilla K. Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University.The study’s results and content differ dramatically from many other studies on abortion-related trauma undertaken in the English-speaking world, which often seek to confirm that women do not suffer any increased risk of trauma in aborting their child instead of giving birth. One such well-publicized study published in 2016 was blasted for serious methodological flaws that could have biased the results, as was a 2010 Guttmacher Institute study with similar conclusions. read more

Batesville Sports Schedule Updates

first_imgFreshman Boys Basketball Ripley County Tourney at South Ripley has been postponed for Saturday.Batesville plays at Milan on Thursday (12-19) and that game will count toward the first round of The Ripley County Tourney.Jac-Cen-Del & South Ripley will decide a playing time/date and then the two winners will schedule a date for the championship.The Shelbyville Swim relays to be held at UI on Saturday has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img read more

Open Enrollment: Things to Consider When Considering Health Care

first_imgFall is an important time for the millions of Hoosiers with health insurance. Not only does the Medicare Annual Enrollment period start Tuesday, but many employers are setting aside a two-week period for workers to choose their health-care coverage for 2020.Vice President of United Healthcare in Indiana John Lurker emphasized the importance of reviewing plan options and taking into account any changes in your own health.“Each year, things change in individuals’ personal circumstances and also their plans,” Lurker said. “They really need to take time to understand those plans, understand their options and make those selections over the next couple months here.”Lurker said any expected future health events such as having a baby or surgery should be considered as it could impact the total cost of a plan and not just the monthly premium. He also recommended reviewing prescription drug needs, including coverage, cost, and the price for generics compared with brand names.Lurker said one way to save on health-care costs is to look for a plan with a well-being program. “A lot of the different plans reward taking healthier actions such as completing a health survey, walking, going to the gym, not using nicotine. Also, many Medicare Advantage plans offer gym memberships and wellness programs for members at no additional cost,” he said.Another option becoming more widespread among insurance plans is virtual visits, which Lurker said allow patients to connect with a health-care provider 24/7 from the comfort of home.“It may be a convenient and lower-cost way to talk to a doctor about minor health issues, and all you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer,” he said. “Often, telehealth is available to members of employer-sponsored plans, individuals, and they’re expanding it a lot of times into Medicare.”last_img read more

Gatland: O’Driscoll saga adds spice

first_imgWarren Gatland admits the fallout from dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the summer’s final British Lions Test will put an “extra twist” on Wales’ trip to Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations. Leinster’s 128-cap Ireland fixture later joked Gatland would not be on his Christmas card list, before actually handing the Lions coach a card at the Downing Street meeting in September. After practical-joke prompting, Gatland said he eventually sent a card back to O’Driscoll – asking the Ireland midfielder to tell the Aviva Stadium crowd to go easy on him when Wales pitch up in Dublin on February 8. “Donnacha Ryan rang me up and asked me to send Brian a Christmas card, which was a bit of a joke from the Irish boys,” said Gatland. “So I sent him a Christmas card, and I wished him and his family well. “I did ask if he had any influence to try to make sure that the Irish fans didn’t boo me too much at the Aviva Stadium. “I meant it as a joke, it’s water under the bridge now and hopefully everyone can move on. “I’m really looking forward to going back [to Dublin]. It’s going to put an extra twist on the game, people are going to try to make something out of it as they always do.” Gatland has always struggled to understand the furore around him dropping O’Driscoll in Australia, and now hopes any lingering resentment will disperse. The former All Black hooker gave O’Driscoll his international debut as Ireland boss, in his three-year tenure between 1998 and 2001. The Wales coach also revealed he returned the Christmas card favour to Ireland legend O’Driscoll to extend the running joke started at the Lions’ Downing Street reception toasting their summer Australia tour series win. Gatland omitted O’Driscoll from the Lions’ final Test in July, a resounding 41-16 win to seal the series, sparking uproar in Ireland and disillusionment from the veteran 35-year-old centre. Press Association Gatland believes he owes Irish rugby a huge debt of gratitude, especially in backing him to step up to international coaching aged just 34. “It’s easy for me to ignore it,” said Gatland of the O’Driscoll saga. “A lot of people are trying to make a big thing of the Irish situation, but at the end of the day I made my decision. “And I just keep saying to people it’s just a matter of opinion and that’s what it is. “It doesn’t mean we didn’t question ourselves and whether it was the right decision. “People who tried to turn it into an anti-Irish thing: I’m incredibly indebted to Irish rugby and the opportunities they gave me. “Starting off in the club I knew among the four regions, coaching Connacht and then gave me a chance as a 34-year-old to be an international coach. “I look back and I’m incredibly grateful to the chances that Ireland gave me.” last_img read more

PL teams to start training in ‘small groups’

first_img(BBC) – PREMIER League clubs hope to give their players the go-ahead to return to training in small groups this week.But there is a growing feeling the intended 12 June date for matches to start again will need to be pushed back.A vote is due to take place on training and medical protocols when the 20 top-flight clubs hold their next meeting on Monday morning.If passed, players would be able to train in groups of five from Tuesday.That would be on condition that they observe social distancing rules and adhere to a series of strict criteria, which include getting changed at home and driving to training grounds on their own.At least 14 of the 20 clubs must agree that safety protocols are sufficient for the plan to be approved.The government last week opened the door for the return of elite sport, but several hurdles remain before the Premier League can resume behind closed doors.Clubs have been carrying out coronavirus testing this weekend to ensure there is no further delay, but a number of players – including Newcastle United defender Danny Rose and Watford skipper Troy Deeney – have expressed concerns about returning.Players have been asked to sign waivers and it is understood the Professional Footballers’ Association has offered to get the agreements legally checked if anyone is uncertain.Club officials have been holding high-level meetings as the legal liability for any player who became seriously ill would fall on them.It is anticipated a three-step return to action will be implemented. It is hoped to move into the second phase at the beginning of June, which would involve training in larger groups, before a return to contact training.At the meeting on Monday, clubs will also be updated on talks with police and safety committees over the request to play matches at their own stadiums rather than at neutral grounds, as initially proposed.They will also receive a report on the return of Germany’s Bundesliga and will have been heartened to learn there were no instances of fans turning up at stadiums in significant numbers.Raheem Sterling spoke to United States international Megan Rapinoe in a Zoom chat that was broadcast on YouTube.Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling said on Sunday that players would need a “full four to five weeks” of training before returning to competition.Newcastle manager Steve Bruce had earlier told the Sunday Telegraph the timescale was “at least six weeks”, adding: “I don’t see how we can play games until the back end of June.”The Premier League is thought to be relaxed, viewing the restart as more important than the actual date.It also knows that while Uefa hopes domestic leagues are completed by 31 July, there are spare days in August free from European competition to allow outstanding fixtures to be played.Further talks in the EFLIn addition to the Premier League meeting, League One clubs will hold further talks about how to proceed with their season after a meeting on Friday ended in deadlock.Many clubs want the season to end now because of the costs involved but at least seven – including Peterborough, Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth – want to continue.They hope to have a plan to put before Wednesday’s meeting of the EFL board, which will also have to assess League Two’s proposals for terminating the season.It is thought unlikely the request to not relegate anyone to the National League will be endorsed, with a number of Championship clubs making it clear they would not agree with any decision that undermines the concept of promotion to the Premier League.last_img read more

Outdoor events will face increased safety measures

first_imgThe university’s heightened security policies will now apply to all USC outdoor events, something that will affect clubs and organizations.With the recent security enhancements, entry guidelines and minimum security staffing requirements have become more strict.Depending on the entry to the event — whether the event is limited to only USC students or whether it is open to affiliates outside the university — there are specific entry guidelines and security staffing requirements that need to be met.Organizations like Colleges Against Cancer and the USC Program Board will be impacted more strongly, primarily with events such as Relay for Life and Springfest.Activities hosted by Program Board, a branch of Undergraduate Student Government, will be affected as well.For example, Springfest, an annual music concert held on McCarthy Quad, might be affected financially.Program Board executive director Juan Espinoza said though security is important, related expenses will cause some funding challenges.“Before, we could spend a little more on talent, but now we have to budget accordingly to pay for security and fencing, which is all very expensive, so this might affect the quality of our programming in the level of talent that we can bring the campus,” Espinoza said.“I do think that the attendance will definitely be affected. There will be a lower number of attendees, depending on what the talent is. .. I agree that we have to prioritize security for our students, but I do not believe isolation is an effective criterion for security.Relay For Life Co-Event Chair Dana Horowitz said though the new security measures might inconvenience future events, the events won’t necessarily be any less successful.“It could have a drastic effect in terms of where we’re going to have to get funding to finance the [Dept. of Public Safety] officers,” Horowitz said.“But I think that the fact that our event takes place at Cromwell, which is inherently gated, and the fact that we’re an established event with a campus following, is definitely going to help us maintain the quality of our event that has existed over the past years. [It] has the potential to make things a lot safer, but it also has the potential to make things a lot more inconvenient.”last_img read more

Andersen addresses Boulware departure

first_imgFirst-year Wisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen wasted little time in addressing the obvious Monday at his first major press conference of the spring season.After the surprising departure for Oklahoma last week by new hire Jay Boulware, Andersen made clear right away where to place the blame for the events that transpired with the team less than a week away from its first spring practice.“Ultimately, I hired him. It’s my fault,” Andersen said in the press conference. “It’s upsetting, and I brought the wrong guy in here.“It’s my responsibility to get the right coaches in here. I don’t like the timing of it. I don’t like the situation that we’re in at all, but we’ll get a coach in here that’s as excited about Wisconsin football and wants to be here in the worst way, and he’ll do a tremendous job. We’ll rebound very quickly.”Boulware was set to not only head the tight ends job, a group that many felt underperformed last season, but to take over as the special teams coordinator for the Badgers. During his previous time in the same positions at Auburn, Boulware developed a reputation for producing special teams units that ranked in the top four of the SEC.Oklahoma’s hire of the assistant filled the last gap for head coach Bob Stoops on his staff. After losing three assistants from a year ago, Stoops hired Boulware to take the same responsibilities he would have had at Wisconsin.Andersen admitted the departure of the assistant coach caught him completely by surprise, but said his hire to replace Boulware will have the same responsibilities: not just coaching the tight ends, but overseeing the special teams. However, it remains to be seen if the Badgers will find another coach who was the kind of recruiter Boulware was – with extensive ties in southern states like Texas, a geographic area where the team has struggled to sign top-level talent.With five coaches on the defensive side of the ball about to teach new schemes, Andersen remains adamant whoever his new tight ends hire is – which was announced Tuesday night to be former California assistant coach Jeff Genyk –  will take over the special teams duties as well, even though he has a talented special teams coach already in the ranks of Bill Busch, one of the Badgers’ current secondary coaches.“He will have a lot of experience, and he’ll be a tremendous recruiter,” Andersen said of his future tight ends and special teams coach. “And he’ll care about the kids. I expect the timing of that to take place as soon as I can get it through human relations the right way.”Boulware is just the latest in a line of departures that has now stretched over the course of three offseasons for Wisconsin. Under former head coach Bret Bielema, the Badgers lost almost the entirety of their offensive coaching staff from 2011 heading into 2012. After the head coach himself left just days after the Big Ten Championship Game this past year, all but two Wisconsin assistant coaches left for other jobs, some for jobs with Bielema at Arkansas.According to Andersen, departures like Boulware’s are just part of college football, but it does not mean he is happy about the way everything went down.“The timing of this was something I thought I had handled and I thought I had addressed throughout the hiring process,” Andersen said. “I don’t know how I would have stopped it or could have stopped it.”For a coach trying to build a strong relationship between his players and the coaches and working to establish a sense of trust, the move was the first major setback to Andersen’s brief tenure.“I failed the kids in this situation. That’s the bottom line,” Andersen said. “I just think that it’s important. We talked about building a family environment and getting the right guys in here. It’s part of the process, and there’s no one else to look at and say, well, why did you do this? Why did you do that? We’ll find the right guy here.”There were no specifics as to what was said at the meeting when Boulware announced he was leaving, but Andersen did offer an example of what his response typically is during those kinds of situations. “I’ll voice my opinion why I think you’re wrong and the direction that you’re heading. It may compromise the relationship between me and whoever, and I’m OK with that,” Andersen said. “I’m here for the University of Wisconsin. I’m here to make everybody proud of the football program on and off the field.“Really the same thing I want to see from the football team is I want to see 15 consistent practices. That’s something we’re going to talk about time and time again. There’s going to be good days for the offense, bad days for the offense, vice versa with the defense, same thing with the special teams. But if we look at it and break it down, I want to see 15 consecutive consistent practices. That’s important for us.”last_img read more

Meet Kip Wellman, Jim Boeheim’s right-hand man

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 One afternoon 13 years ago, a Southland Christian Church service in Lexington, Kentucky, had finished and Roger Wellman was sitting in his car ready to drive home. Walking past was Janet Greene, the sister-in-law of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Wellman and Greene were active in the church community, and Wellman’s son, Kip, had given informal basketball lessons to Greene’s son. Soon, they were catching up.“How’s Kip?” Greene remembered asking.“He’s coaching high school,” Roger Wellman said. “You’re not going to believe this, but one of his favorite programs is Syracuse.”A few moments later, Roger Wellman added: “Jim is one of his favorites. Do you think you could mention Kip’s name to Juli?”“Absolutely,” Greene recalled saying.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two dispersed, but the foundation for a Jim Boeheim-Kip Wellman connection had been poured. Greene could not reach Boeheim that week, so she phoned SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins to suggest he take a look at an unusual job candidate for one of the winningest programs in college hoops: a high school junior varsity basketball coach in Kentucky who had never played or coached at the Division I level.“No problem,” Hopkins told her. He owed her a favor and asked to have Kip give him a call.There was no position at the time, but Wellman, now 36, started out as a volunteer and stuck around. After a brief stint at Western Kentucky, he has served for five seasons as Syracuse’s director of basketball operations. It’s a job that includes several duties, including the most visible one: sitting next to Boeheim on the bench. Wellman is never a few feet from the head man, always with a sheet of paper rolled up in his hand.“I just give Coach (Boeheim) what he needs and wants,” Wellman said. “Once you get an opportunity, you have to do with it as much as you can.”A few days after Hopkins called that day back in 2005, Wellman and his father filled a U-Haul with a couch, TV and mattress, and drove 10 hours up to Syracuse. They crashed at an apartment Wellman had found on Google. He drove to Manley Field House with his father, Roger, to meet Boeheim and Hopkins. Boeheim questioned him. He challenged him. Roger said Boeheim needed to know that he can trust you, that you can deliver, and that, maybe, you could be his right-hand man someday.Casual fans see him on TV almost exclusively in the background of a shot fixated on Boeheim, but Wellman tracks player fouls, timeouts, inbound plays and game trends. Boeheim said the assistant coach opening last spring that followed Mike Hopkins’ departure came down to two people: Allen Griffin, who got the job because of Boeheim knew him longer, and Wellman. When asked about Wellman this week, Boeheim rattled off a number of attributes that, he said, makes him essential.“He could be a good coach someday,” Boeheim said. “He’s an invaluable member of the staff. It makes all of this possible for the coaches to focus. He’s a good resource. He’s very important. Very, very important.”***By the time he was 10, Wellman knew what he wanted to be. No occupation crossed his mind other than to be a college basketball coach. One day after a summer basketball camp at nearby Transylvania (Kentucky) University, he came home and told his parents he didn’t want to coach at the professional or high school levels. He wanted to coach college ball.Wellman had been watching, with rapt attention, pickup games at the University of Kentucky. They featured his father and several college coaches, including former Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino. In 1996, Kip insisted he miss school one day. He and his father flew to New Jersey, where they watched Kentucky play Syracuse in the national championship, in what was Hopkins’ first year at Syracuse.“I knew right then that coaching was what I wanted to do,” said Wellman, who attended dozens of UK games with his dad. “I was watching the games, but I was always watching the coaches: What are they doing? I always loved the innovation of being a coach. Being around it at a personal level inspired me to pursue coaching.”Courtesy of Allison WellmanHis mother, Mary Susan, noticed Kip almost exclusively talked about teammates’ strengths at the dinner table. He gravitated to what they did bring, rarely pointing out what they didn’t. He was not afraid to put his hand on a teammate’s shoulder from a young age, she said, and he “always had a big heart.” He routinely sends his mother flowers, just because.That affection became apparent on the court, as well. Danny Haney, Wellman’s coach at Lexington Catholic High School, said Wellman wasn’t vocal, but he brought his teammates in huddles. Haney said Wellman’s teams lost fewer than 10 games during his three years as the varsity team’s starting point guard.If players weren’t in position, Wellman told them. He was “pretty encyclopedic,” Roger said, open to looking at every coach’s particular style and strategy. He adored Pitino’s intense coaching style and tried to learn something about every coach he watched.“With Kip, I had a coach on the floor,” Haney said. “He literally knew when to call timeouts for us.”Wellman declined an opportunity to walk-on for Billy Donovan at Florida, instead playing at Division II Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. But after finishing his playing days, Wellman had a slight problem. To fulfill his dream and coach Division I hoops usually required D-I playing experience. What Wellman did have was credentials that struck Boeheim and Hopkins.***When Hopkins invited Wellman to come to Syracuse in 2005, before construction of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, or just “the Melo,” Wellman felt indebted. Hopkins had taken a chance on him, and Wellman felt he had to prove himself to Hopkins and Boeheim, his father said.On the day Wellman arrived at Syracuse, Boeheim sat with him in Manley Field House. It was a reality check, Roger said, and Boeheim was saying that, “You not only have to be good, you have to be a little bit lucky.”“He was really trying to discourage Kip,” Roger said. “Here’s a kid from the South all his life, plays college ball in Florida, going to Syracuse, New York. It was an experience for him.”Boeheim wanted to let Wellman know that becoming a coach for a big-time program would not come easy. Roger was not particularly happy that his son had turned down job offers at local companies, including banks and his own successful trucking business.“Coach was saying, ‘You sure you want to do this?’” Roger recalled. “It was, ‘Let me tell you how hard this is going to be.’ Kip was not fazed one bit.”***In the volunteer role, which Wellman filled for several months in 2005, he worked 12-hour days studying film, putting together scouting reports and reading about plays. When Hopkins invited him to SU, there was no position. It was a lowly intern-level role. He worked so hard and watched so much film that he sometimes ended up sleeping at his desk in Manley.“I was in the office 24 hours a day,” Wellman said. “I got here and I didn’t know anybody, didn’t know anything.”From the get-go, Hopkins served as Wellman’s mentor. Wellman emulated Hopkins as he worked toward his master’s degree in higher education. He worked in a back room in a corner of Manley, where the men’s lacrosse offices now reside. He walked past the reception desk to a huge conference room, which he shared with a colleague. In time, he earned the respect of the room thanks to his thoroughness and knowledge of the game.“I had a little rinky desk that was like this big” — Wellman gestured about one foot between his hands — “and I had a computer on it, a telephone, had a TV there, watched all of the games. It was a tremendous learning experience, like getting your PhD.”Wellman asked to stay onboard by going to graduate school at SU, and Hopkins approved it. When they weren’t on the court, Wellman and Hopkins were watching film or completing scouting reports. Before one of Wellman’s first games, Hopkins told him he would complete the report, but that Wellman should do it too. Wellman poured several hours into the several-page report on SU’s next opponent, Florida.He handled whatever tasks trickled down from the coaches, performing a lot of necessary but grueling grunt work. He mulled over VHS tapes and DVDs, cutting down hours of tape into videos that lasted only a few minutes long. With that attention to detail, Wellman established himself as one of the hardest-working, brightest men in the program, Boeheim said.***Wellman’s religious background prepared him well for one of his first days at Syracuse.During an early-season game, Boeheim was called for a technical foul, Kip’s father, Roger, said, because Boeheim cursed near a referee. It is unclear what exactly he said. After the game, Wellman sat in the coaches meeting inside the locker room. Boeheim turned and looked at Wellman.“You’re a resident religious expert here,” Boeheim said, according to Roger. “Tell me what I said, if it was a cuss word, if I used God’s name in vain.”Wellman was incredulous. He hesitated.“I don’t know about up here,” Wellman said, “but where I’m from, that was a cuss word.”“I have no idea what I said,” Boeheim said later. “I say the craziest things.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotograoherBut that’s what Boeheim said he needs from his right-hand man: to keep him in check, to ensure he’s not missing the little things during the speedy nature of games.***From 2009-12, Wellman coached at Western Kentucky. Then WKU underwent a coaching change, forcing Wellman out of basketball altogether. He was living in Florida with his parents, unsure exactly what his next step in life would be.But he had been texting Hopkins, who called one day asking if Wellman would be interested in coming back to Syracuse. There was a job opening for director of basketball operations, which Stan Kissel served from 2005-12. Hopkins knew whom he wanted to hire, and Wellman knew where he wanted to be.Perhaps Hopkins saw a little bit of himself in Wellman: the late nights studying teams, organizing trips down to the minute, keeping a spotless office. Hopkins brought him back on board in summer 2013 as director of basketball operations, Wellman’s current role.Now, Wellman is the one eager to notify both Boeheim and his players about opponent weaknesses. He is the one concerned about inbounds plays. He is the one who jumps off the bench to inform Boeheim of any foul trouble. Players said they often see Wellman chatting with Boeheim during practice but aren’t exactly sure what they’re talking about. They said he is the perfect sidekick to Boeheim, with the ability to remain stoic.“I talk to him a lot during the game,” junior point guard Frank Howard said. “On the sideline, about how many timeouts and how many fouls we have. He knows that every time, always staying composed.”Back more than a decade ago, Boeheim wanted someone he could trust. It didn’t matter that Wellman hadn’t been a college basketball star, or one of the few people he has allowed sit on the SU bench without Division I playing experience.Wellman has built a life in central New York with his wife, Allison, whom he met at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, only because she liked basketball and struck up a conversation when she saw his Syracuse hat. They have a daughter, Saylor, who just turned 3 and live in the Sedgwick neighborhood of Syracuse. During a team gathering at Boeheim’s house, Saylor rolled over for the first time on, fittingly, Boeheim’s own bed.Wellman said he is in no hurry to leave Boeheim’s side, although his goal is to become a coach someday. He said he’ll keep watching Boeheim and his staff, and keep learning, keep studying, keep searching for more.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer Commentslast_img read more

Tiana Mangakahia named to Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

first_imgTiana Mangakahia has been named to the 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award watch list, presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame. She’s one of 20 players on the list, which honors the nation’s top Division I point guard each season.Mangakahia broke out last season in her first year with the Orange, averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 10.2 assists per game en route to being named first-team All-ACC. She led the Orange in both categories as well as steals, which she swiped at a rate of 2.5 a game.Her 304 assists last season were an ACC record, which she broke against Boston College in February. She also led the country in that category. The Brisbane, Australia native racked up 14 double-doubles and came within a point of the SU record for points in a single game with her 44-point performance against Georgia Tech.The 5-foot-6 junior and the Orange will take on Sabrina Ionescu, the reigning Lieberman Award winner, on Nov. 10 when SU travels to Oregon for its second game of the season. In total, Syracuse will play eight of the 19 other members of the watch list, including three in-conference foes. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more