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Stuart has visited Haiti consistently to help with missionary efforts. He assisted with relief efforts in Jacmel until he returned to the U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For musicians of a similar or the same name, see Mark Stuart disambiguation and Mark Stewart disambiguation. This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.

Live Bootleg Live from Hawaii: Retrieved from " https: During his last days, these memories were often on his mind. He was a generous man with an infectious smile and a great sense of humor and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Tommy Ralph Jacks, age 69, devoted husband, loving father and generous friend, left his earthly body Wednesday, July 6, after a long battle with Parkinson's.

A distinguished Vietnam veteran and retired Army sergeant first class and civil servant, Tom was very knowledgeable on the repair of DUSTOFF helicopters and kept them in the air so we could do our jobs. Tom was honored with the bronze star for meritorious service, the meritorious service medal, air medal with 2nd oak leaf cluster, and the army commendation ribbon with one oak leaf cluster. He received the Vietnam service medal with 11 campaign stars.

Kralich, 62, of Pueblo, passed away May 9, Joe honorably served in the U. He went by many different names - depending on the mood he was in on a given day: While it's not always true a Man is what he does, for Joe, it was. Joe was a Doc and a Doc was who he was as well as what he did. He was in the Army for six years and a medic for the entire time after basic and advanced training.

He know well the Combat Medic Prayer. If I am called to a mission of peace, give me the strength to lead by caring for those who need my assistance. He was capable of being any one of his aliases, personae, A. Robert passed into Heaven at the age of 79 years. He joined the Army and decided to become a helicopter ambulance pilot, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel. Robert was a member of the Solopilot Society whose members routinely flew hazardous missions in underpowered helicopters lacking navigational aids and limited to external litter carrying capability.

These pioneer aviators performed, unaided, all ambulance duties; pilot, copilot, medic, and crewchief. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, the last one as commander of the renowned 54th Medical Detachment in Chu Lai in He had deep pride and appreciation for the men and their accomplishments.

Bob went on to become a hospital administrator with a Masters degree from Baylor University. He served in Europe and many areas of the US during his year Army career, including his favorite three year tour in Hawaii.

After retirement Bob studied art at UTSA and became a well-known kaleidoscope maker, showcasing his talent with hardwood and stained glass. Bob and his wife of 54 years, Patricia, enjoyed traveling around the US and Canada, seeing new places and learning new things. Bob had a great fondness for the western mountains and he spent many summers backpacking and fly fishing in wilderness areas of Montana and whitewater rafting the rivers of the US and Canada.

This was done with family and friends from his childhood, giving him much pleasure. Bob was a loving husband to his wife, Pat, and devoted father to his two wonderful sons, Michael R. McWilliam and his wife Donna. He loved spending time with his two grandchildren, Bailey and Michael, and had started to show them the delights of camping and rafting.

Bob was beloved by his family, his friends and by the men who served with him. He was always positive, caring and could find good in anyone. He readily admitted he had enjoyed a wonderful and fulfilling life. Tim was born 14 May in Omaha, Nebraska. He was graduated from Flight School in Flight Class and served his country with distinction as a Medevac helicopter pilot in the Army from to He obtained the grade of Chief Warrant Officer 3 during his military career and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 20 Air Medals for his heroism while flying in Vietnam.

After Jim Morasch's car was hit last month in north Franklin County, his family sat at his bedside and hoped for "a perfect ending. Saturday, his son Adam Morasch told about family, friends and colleagues that his dad now "is in a better place. A celebration of life was held for Jim Morasch, 68, in a new hangar just up the road from his office of 30 years.

Inside, government officials and business and community leaders from across the Northwest gathered for the minute service to recognize Morasch's many successes.

The stories spanned decades: Morasch's childhood in Colfax and a failed attempt to fly off the garage roof with homemade wings; his days as a Dustoff pilot flying rescue missions in Vietnam; his career as an airport director helping Pasco's facility expand to meet the growing needs of travelers; and his volunteer work on community boards and organizations. Jim served in the U. He was discharged with the rank of Captain. There wasn't a foot of wire, a screw, a bolt or a light that Morasch didn't know about at the facility, he said.

Morasch's amazing strength was his ability to think clearly in all levels of his life, along with his temperament, sense of decorum and nerves of steel, Clark said. Morasch got his pilot's license before his driver's license. Dave Parhalo was another Dustoff pilot who met Morasch in March He flew out from Florida for Saturday's service. Before taps was played and Army personnel presented an American flag to the family, Adam Morasch recalled his dad's favorite saying from the movie Madagascar.

Smile and wave," he quoted. He was a highly decorated soldier in the U. He then served as a police officer for the City of Highland Park from , and subsequently retired in Wautoma, WI, with his wife, Jeanette, and his hunting dog, Millie.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and wonderful husband and father. Kenneth Wayne Livengood Sr. He was the owner and President of Carved Duplicator's, Ltd. Kenneth served as the coach of the first girl's soccer team at Trinity High School. He also served on the Board of Christ for the Island World for many years. Livengood was a faithful member of Mt.

Livengood loved to spend time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He loved to play golf and tend to his fish pond. Jack Diggs CW4 Ret. Following his active duty he was a flight instructor at Ft. Rucker and served with the nd "Black Cats" Reserve unit. He sponsored allied military flight students while they were in flight school at Ft. Diggs had a total of 38 years of federal service when he retired on November 2, He owned and operated the Village Inn of Newton for 22 years and was very active in the community and held numerous Poker Runs for families with sick loved ones and for community organizations.

James Keates, medic for the st out of Colorado and the th out of Seoul, has passed from a heart attack in Alaska. Jim remained in reserve status for many years moving to Alaska to work in their Air Ambulance Program. Jim was also a Phys. Asst and a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine.

He was a great medic, and a soldier who made his life so others may live. His overseas flight missions were conducted in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. As a rotary and fixed wing qualified Senior Army Aviator, he retired on May 31, He was also a life member of America's premier fraternal organization of military pilots - The Order of the Daedalions.

Because of the fact that once you are a Marine - you are always a Marine - he had requested military burial honors include the United States Marine Corps.

Silk, 25, died serving our country on June 21, in Afghanistan. From an early age, Brandon wanted to fly. His favorite movie was "Top Gun. At Orono, Brandon excelled in football and track. His classmates gave him the nickname "Silky Smooth.

Following graduation, Brandon enlisted in the US Army. He was on his fourth tour of duty having served in Korea, Iraq, and two tours in Afghanistan. Brandon loved hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. His favorite colors were "Mossy Oak" and "Blaze Orange". He will be remembered for his big personality, self-determination, self-confidence and being so full of life.

Brandon enjoyed music, playing the guitar, trivia, following the Red Sox and Patriots, and riding motorcycles. Brandon loved Maine, especially the family camp at Green Lake. Brandon especially appreciated Bob Marley's interpretations of life in Maine.

He loved being the "Crazy Mainer" in his unit. Brandon loved his family, his friends, and fellow soldiers. He was proud to serve with the men and women of the st Airborne Division. To all my friends and family, may you continue to be blessed by the Lord and may you be a blessing unto others as you have been to me.

Thank you for making my life on earth a great experience. Please celebrate my passing and know that I will be waiting to see you again when you arrive in heaven. On May 24, , Jon Michael Belding earned his wings after 65 years. His younger sister, Susan, was waiting for him when his soul entered into heaven. He was not scared and he was happy to be reunited with his sister. Jon was predeceased by his father, Jonethen Dean "J.

He was a Vietnam veteran who served from with the 54th Med. He was a crewchief for UH-1H helicopters as well as an administrative assistant. He won the Bronze Star with "V" for valor during his tour in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the Dustoff Association. Robert Romines - also known as "Budgie" - died suddenly on Monday, March 29, , at the age of Bob was born in Henderson, Texas, in , and attended Carlisle school his entire 12 years.

Austin University finally graduating from Stephen F. Bob used to say he majored in "fraternity. Bob joined the U. Army in May Upon graduation from flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in May of , Budgie was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot. He spent a full year in Vietnam where he flew over 1, hours, completed over combat missions and evacuated almost 1, patients. Among his combat awards for heroism during his Vietnam tour were the Distinguished Flying Cross and 30 awards of the Air Medal.

He was promoted to full Colonel in January , and assigned to Fort Sam Houston again later that year. Fort Sam Houston was Colonel Romines' last assignment and he retired in January , after a wonderful 29 years and 10 months serving our great United States in the U. Bob's military friendships were numerous and longstanding. A great patriot, an unfailing friend, loving husband, devoted father and affectionate grandfather, Bob will be greatly missed.

Merle and Bob served in Vietnam together and made their dream of playing Ballybunion in Ireland a reality in Quick-witted and quick-tempered, Bob was fondly known in the military as "Ragin' Robert. Surrounded by family, Michael "Mike" J. He grew up around pilots and aircraft. As a teenager, he took every opportunity to be down on the flight line. In , at the peak of the war in Southeast Asia, he was graduated from high school in North Carolina and, at 19, enlisted in the Army. After basic training, he reported to Fort Walters, Texas, for flight school and trained in the same flight in which his father had served as a contract instructor earlier.

It was exactly 27 years after his father had earned his wings! He volunteered for duty in Vietnam and, when he arrived, requested assignment to the 82nd Medical Detachment.

With his father's approval, he joined the unit. His father gave him a "dollar ride," an auto-rotation check, an "in-country" flight evaluation, and then cleared Mike, Jr. In July , Mike, Jr. In a year tour, he flew 1, missions, earned 37 air medals, and rescued more than 2, allied airmen, sailors, and soldiers. Posted to Fort Rucker, Ala.

In a varied second career, he flew spotting missions for fishing fleets in the south Pacific, crop dusted, and hauled timber. In , Mike flew support for offshore oil exploration and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. With almost 11, hours, he piloted the Bell , a state-of-the-art machine, for Air Logistics and later extended his wings to helping fellow veterans.

In , Mike, Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Novosel Foundation in memory of the two Novosel men who faithfully served their God and country.

Nick died at age 72 on Monday, November 30, After his retirement, he worked at the Metro Tax Assessor's office.

While in school he was active in sports, but his bravado, talent and his love of both music and of the Terrell Tiger band was demonstrated when he won many awards and was also selected to the All State Band. Shawn had a thirst and passion for medicine and was preparing to attend Physicians Assistant School. He was also a very proud Texan. He was credited for saving the lives of two other men while serving in Afghanistan.

He served his country well for 28 years as a member of the United States Army. Upon retirement from the military, Mr. Lang worked for the U S Postal Service for 13 years. Winfred Wayne Welborn, 66, of Raleigh, passed away Monday morning, April 27, , as the result of a long-fought battle with diabetes.

Welborn will be remembered for his many accomplishments, as he believed in setting big goals and achieving them with excellence. He was an integral part of the Wake Forest University football team from , and honorable season captain his senior year.

His post-Army career consisted of nearly 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Melton age 67 retired Major from the U. Major Melton had a warrior spirit but a humble and compassionate heart. He honorably served a tour of duty as an enlisted solider trained as a medical technician with the U. In at the height of the Vietnam conflict, he volunteered for the most dangerous of jobs; a medevac pilot in combat.

In February of he was awarded the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage after he volunteered for a nighttime mission to rescue a badly wounded allied soldier. During this first tour he also earned the coveted Combat Medical Badge. He volunteered for a second tour to Vietnam as a medevac pilot and served again in as the executive officer and then commanding officer of the th Medical Detachment.

During this tour he was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition to the awards already listed he was also awarded 23 air medals for valor and the Purple Heart. After the Vietnam conflict ended he continued serving our country on the front lines of the Cold War.

Stationed in West Germany, his luck with helicopters ended in June of While landing at his base hospital after transporting an injured soldier his medevac helicopter had an equipment malfunction which left it uncontrollable and the aircraft plunged feet into the ground. He suffered a spine fracture and a permanent spinal cord injury which left him partially paralyzed. In after months of hospitalization he medically retired from the U.

Refusing to let his horrific injuries restrict him he bought a travel agency and continued traveling the world and spending time with his family. He was a devoted fan of the FSU football and baseball teams. He also was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, an avid model builder and loved the theater and traveling. On the evening of August 16, , while sleeping with his daughter at his side, Major Melton entered his final battle with Death.

The old soldier faded away. Those who knew him and his boundless courage and fighting spirit believe that Death came for him in his sleep, because it was afraid to try and call on him while he was awake.

During that time Gayland also played semi-pro football for the San Antonio Toros. In , he entered the United States Army and began a distinguished year career of military service.

Gayland achieved numerous awards and commendations during his service and retired at the rank of Colonel in He will be remembered by his family and friends for his enthusiasm for work, cheerful spirit with peers, accomplished leadership and commitment to being the best dad to his children and an excellent provider for his family who he loved so much.

John fought to the last, but it is a blessing that he can now relax and enjoy life in his new surroundings in the company of the Lord that he followed and supported throughout his life. A richly deserved reward for a wonderful caring man who was a good loyal friend to all. He will be missed, not only by his loving family, but by all whose life he touched and upon whom he had such a positive influence -- and there were many. Jerry Wayne Kinsey, 65, died Saturday, Feb.

He was a member of the Verona First Baptist Church. He received his B. He was a captain in the U. Army during the Vietnam War and served as a Medevac helicopter pilot. Upon discharge from the Army, he continued his aviation career with the Mississippi National Guard and was a pilot for Exxon-Mobil until his retirement. He was well respected by his peers and his experience served as building blocks for the younger pilots he served with.

She had also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina from October to April She is survived by her husband, three sons and mother. Len was the son of W.

He joined the United States Army and was drafted at just about the same time, serving in Vietnam. He was discharged from the Army in , and worked for thirty-five years all over the U. Len met Rebecca 'Becky' Shoulders while on a job in Illinois, and the two of them were married on February 16, , in Pensacola, Florida. Len retired in due to failing health.

He loved fixing up old cars. LTC Phil Pemberton served his country honorably and faithfully for over 26 years of dedicated active federal service.

I ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they endure the pain and suffering of losing a loved one so unexpectedly. Davis who passed away due to a helicopter accident in Yreka, Calif. Dennis was born Aug. He was born with a passion for humans and animals alike. He would give the shirt off his back, or food from his hand to any person or animal in need. He always tried to find a connection with people he met.

He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in and was awarded a Master of Science Degree becoming a Naturopathic Physician in He was an experienced helicopter pilot flying for more than 35 years including two and half tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star Medal; piloting for the police department in Pomona, Calif.

Al's and finally fighting forest fires nationally. He chose to start fighting forest fires because he was so concerned about the number of animals and people losing their lives.

He was very committed to this being his last year of fighting forest fires, saying he was just tired. This time I knew he was serious; he was ready to come home. We found each other and married on June 25, in Sedona, Ariz. This began my love affair with one of the most incredible men - he was perfect for me. He was the love of my life; my very best friend. I can't imagine being without him. I was a very lucky woman and feel blessed to have had these years with him.

I will miss him with all my heart. We had a ritual during our phone calls to end our conversation every night. I would say, "be safe and I love you. Dennis was a person who left a mark everywhere he went; he always had a ready hand and an open heart. He'll be missed by his entire family and friends and every person who ever came in contact with him.

No one knows when we will leave this earth. Please make sure you tell your loved ones each day "I love you" and don't forget the hug. Dennis is survived by myself, his daughters from a previous marriage; Stacie Wyatt and Tracie Brister, their spouses and children of Sedona, Ariz. He flew immediately to be with his God. He was surrounded by his wife of 57 years, Ann T.

Nichols, his daughters Carole Nichols shburn and Cheryl E. Starling, Patsy Meek, and the Rev. Nichols was at home as per his wishes. He was interred at Ft. He will be greatly missed by everyone. David was born in Madison, July 6, , a son of Carl W. He attended Mount Horeb High School in , where he lettered in football and basketball. He later received his M. David joined the R. Army until his honorable discharge in It was in the Army that David developed his passion for flying helicopters.

David was a member of the Air Ambulance Corp and dutifully served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, before ending his service in Europe. His family is most proud of the bravery and self-sacrifice he displayed during this time. David received numerous awards and medals for his heroic efforts including 12 air medals, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Silver Star.

He ended his military career with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He continued his service to those in need of medical attention in his civilian life. He was active in many organizations including the American Legion Post No. John Winston Cook, a wonderful husband, father and friend, died peacefully on April 15, Following graduation, John attended flight school with the Royal Air Force. The camaraderie, dangers and excitement of World War II were favorite topics of conversation for the rest of his life, and gained him the respect and admiration of many.

Following his military service, John moved to San Antonio where he began his career in the life insurance and real estate businesses. He enjoyed staying in touch with friends in the military through the years, and assisted many of them in purchasing homes and insurance.

He was a kind and gentle man who took a genuine interest in everyone he met. His friends considered him a gentleman's gentleman. Wik took his final flight on April 7, in Corpus Christi with his family at his side. He was born on May 16, in Cresbard, South Dakota. After college he enlisted in the U.

Army where he became a helicopter pilot. His career consisted of flying 1, combat hours and the evacuation of 4, wounded soldiers and civilians to medical facilities. His final command was at Ft. Sam Houston, where he used his medical evacuation experience to develop and implement MAST, a program that aids in the evacuation of civilians severely injured in highway accidents.

Dave was known for being a colorful, spirited man who never met a stranger. His retirement years were spent fishing and traveling the world with friends and family, living his life to the fullest each day. His zest for life was unyielding and he will be lovingly missed and warmly remembered. Bolling, 61, of Enterprise, Ala. Funeral services will be Friday, March 16, at 10 a.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to the Gideon's International, P. Box , Enterprise, AL After high school he entered the U. Army retiring in after having served 20 years.

He was presently serving as a civilian instructor pilot. He was a veteran of the Vietnam war where he served as a medevac pilot. Survivors include his wife, Jody Bolling, Enterprise, Ala.

He was born in Madisonville and was retired from the U. Randy, the son of Charles V. Ashby of Hartford and Opal Herron of Beaver Dam, retired as chief warrant officer four after serving 21 years of active service with the U.

Randy retired as a UH Black Hawk instructor pilot and instrument flight examiner. Survivors include his father, Charles V. Larry Wagoner, 58, of Pierre, died Saturday, Nov. Mary's Hospital in Pierre. Larry was born on Dec. He grew up in Canning until the second grade when his family moved to Springfield, Ore. At the age of 13 he moved to Wellington, Kan. He was united in marriage to Penney Green on Dec. Larry worked for the Department of Transportation for the State of South Dakota until his retirement in September of He also worked as a farmer.

Larry enjoyed spending time with his grandson Carter and his dogs Dixie and Harrison, collecting baseball cards, attending various military reunions, fishing and hunting with his friends and family and his passion of farming. He is also survived by many close aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial has been established at BankWest. Military Academy at West Point. Army , passed away suddenly at his home on October 12, at 68 years of age.

He was born to Gala M. Peterson and Emmett J. He was predeceased by his daughter, Marjorie Potter Feb. Survivors include his loving wife, Marjorie Jo Mock and sons, Robert, David, John and their respective families, as well as many other loving family members and friends. Ken Forrest died 22 Sep After passing his state boards in , he entered military service with the Medical Service Corps at Fort Sam Houston. In April , he married his college sweetheart and fellow Badger, Joan Shackelford.

Upon retiring in , he took up his training as a pharmacist. His last position was with HEB where he enjoyed seventeen years of helping the community. Ted Jacoby passed away on Sunday, September 4, , after a valiant battle with cancer. Chief Jacoby served with distinction and honor during his career as a Seattle Police Officer, as well as military service in the United States Army. He was a pilot with the th Med Det. He will be deeply missed by his SPD family. Chief Jacoby's family expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support shown their family by SPD.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, his mother Margaret, three brothers, five sisters, as well as many nephews and nieces. Donations are suggested to St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Flowers may be sent to St. He enlisted in the U. Department of Defense said the crash was not the result of hostile fire.

During his tenure as a crew chief, he participated in deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and then redeployed with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Brown and mother Diane L. Mennemeyer was in Iraq aiding injured soldiers aboard an Army Blackhawk helicopter, he would point to the helicopters in the sky as a child. Mennemeyer's calling was helping people, family and friends said Friday at his funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City.

Pat Quinn said at the service. Mennemeyer was in a UH Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed Aug. Brown of Trinity Center, CA. The funeral Mass drew hundreds of family, friends and co-workers, plus more than onlookers who lined Pontoon and Johnson roads in Granite City, many of them displaying U. Heidi Sellers of New Albany, Ind. When Mennemeyer, son of Steven S. Mennemeyer of New Albany and Ramona L. Phillips of Granite City, was about 2 years old, he would raise his hand to the sky to point at what he called "hocker-dockers," Sellers recalled.

Steven Paul Mennemeyer," Sellers said. The events of Sept. He first spent 15 months in Iraq, traveled to 15 countries and returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty.

Before his second tour, he spent a few weeks in July on leave, visiting with family here and in Indiana. Akins was given Mennemeyer's Bronze Star, one of 13 military honors he earned. The funeral procession included several ambulance companies, patrol cars from Granite City, Madison County and the Illinois State Police, Army officials, 15 Knights of Columbus members and dozens of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders.

Mike fought a thirteen year battle with ALS. Mike and Karen faced certain death with grace and courage and even a bit of cheer standing as a true testimony that we all recognized as coming from within and from outside of themselves. Visited by his friends and comrades in the last days before his death, Mike left us all in awe of his courage and fortitude.

Karen and Joe remain in our prayers and thoughts as they face life without Mike. We are all better for having known and loved Mike. Soldiers prepare to fire a volley during a gun salute to Staff Sgt. Craig, a member of the th Medical Company Air Ambulance , who died June 21 in Afghanistan during a mission to rescue two 10th Mountain Division soldiers who had been injured in combat.

As a combat medic, Staff Sgt. Craig understood that, sometimes, saving people means risking your own life. Craig, a member of the th Medical Company Air Ambulance based in Wiesbaden, Germany, and another soldier died the night of June 21 during a rescue mission near Naray, Afghanistan.

The night started off peacefully enough. Craig had just gotten done chatting with his wife and playing peek-a-boo with his 1-year-old daughter, Leona, over a Web camera when the call came. Three 10th Mountain Division soldiers were critically wounded in a firefight near Naray.

A mission came up, and he was ready. By the time Craig and his air ambulance arrived at the pickup point, one of the soldiers already was dead. The investigators tallied six players in , five in , three in and two in He also handed a condom to a year-old recruit. Without question," Pitino says. It is an all-male domain at Minardi Hall. Pitino refers to it as "a very special dormitory. It was eight months after Pitino was hired by Louisville and days after Pitino played golf with Minardi at Pebble Beach.

Pitino left the recruiting trail that autumn to look for Minardi, then listed as a missing person, at city hospitals. He spoke at a memorial service held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mt. Many of Pitino's men were in attendance among the 2, mourners. Some stood outside on Main St. Pitino helped raise the funds for the dormitory, and recruited Minardi's widow and three kids to the Derby City. They lived five houses down from each other.

The dorm opened in One of Minardi's sons, Robert, enrolled at Louisville and resided there while a student. The building still stands, but the national championship banner is now down because of the sex parties. Greg Postel, the university president, maintained in an appeal that leveling blame on Pitino was "unfair," but Louisville landed on probation three months prior to the FBI's Adidas allegations.

Pitino was fired prior to the university making its appeal to the committee, and he downplays the punishment. I was hit with a five-game suspension, which isn't much. The Cardinals still played a Billy Minardi Classic game this season. It was the 16Tthannual contest, and likely the last. Seton Hall visited with coach Kevin Willard, a Pitino acolyte who used to serve as a ball boy when Pitino coached the Knicks. When Pitino quit the Boston job in , Willard followed him south.

It came at the end of a night out with the coaching staff. Five hours after his arrest, Willard reported to Pitino's house and entered the kitchen at 8 a. For 22 of the next 30 days, Willard ran 10 miles per day, as ordered by Pitino. Two years later, Willard became the head coach at Iona College. When he took his Gaels back to Louisville, Pitino gifted him a gold Rolex watch and a defeat. Willard emerged the victor in Pitino's absence. Seton Hall beat Louisville, , to win the Minardi game on Dec.

In the loan ledger of Andy Miller, the former NBA agent whose office was raided by investigators, Willard's former assistant coach, Dwayne Morton, and former player, Isaiah Whitehead, are listed. Seven folding chairs form a semi-circle just inside the 3-point arc at Harrods Creek Baptist Church's gymnasium in Prospect, Ky.

Derek Anderson, a former shooting guard under Pitino on Kentucky's national championship team, puts trainees through drill work on site. His program is called "Stamina," and he talks about a recent addition to his stable. Admitted to Louisville and living in Minardi Hall as a student for now, Bowen is banned from playing for the Cardinals due to the allegations of illicit payments made to his family.

Anderson, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, details the workouts he conducts with Bowen to keep him game ready. You gotta get an advantage. Bowen is betwixt and between on this December night. Prosecutors maintain that the scheme involved funneling money from a third-party — Adidas — to Bowen's family to ensure that Louisville gained a thoroughbred for a title run.

Bowen committed to Louisville in early June. Adidas executives Jim Gatto and Merl Code discussed the timing of the cash exchanges on a wiretap, per the federal complaint, and the monetary motive was clear. In a text message, Pitino wrote to Willard's father, Ralph, also a former Pitino assistant, after Bowen signed: Most athletic talent I've had since 96 UK.

Bowen goes by "Tugs," and at 6-foot-7, is easy to track on court. Bowen hails from Saginaw, Mich. While honing his game in Hoosier country, he continued to suit up for Dorian's Pride, an AAU team managed by Christian Dawkins and named for Dawkins' late brother, who died at the free throw line after suffering a series of heart attacks caused by a rare birth defect in Bowen drew interest from elite programs such as Michigan State and Arizona, but remained uncommitted late in his senior year, when most elite prospects were already signed.

Enter Dawkins, a hustler with his initials sewn into the cuffs on his shirts and a rotation of three cell phones in his hands. Dawkins re-introduced himself, saying that he had been a point of contact for Jaylen Johnson, a former Pitino player at Louisville.

Dawkins inquired about Pitino's interest in Bowen, who was the last blue-chip prospect on the board. Pitino had one scholarship remaining and responded, "We would love to have him. Mutual interest escalated quickly. Bowen made an unofficial visit to Louisville with his parents and Dawkins a few days later.

By June 1, Bowen committed to Pitino. The next day, Dawkins sent another text message to Pitino. The Nike guys, Wes, everyone is hating that tugs chose Louisville. But I just want him to hear from u. Pitino had long done battle with Kentucky, his former employer, for recruits. John Calipari, the Wildcats head coach, was a one-time Pitino wannabe, but now the two battled for similar prospects with Calipari regularly getting his man.

One of Calipari's greatest assets on the grassroots circuit has been William Wesley, an influential figure with Nike ties and a moniker, "Worldwide Wes. Dawkins provided the number to Pitino, but it was Dawkins's digits that federal investigators eventually acquired a court order to wiretap in June, a few weeks after the Bowen commitment was made. Another wiretap recorded James Gatto, the head of global marketing for basketball at Adidas, and conversations about "off the books" payments were picked up.

Investigators brought their findings to the U. In the complaint, prosecutors charge that the deal ensured that Bowen would retain Dawkins and Sood as advisers when Bowen reached the NBA. Code, who previously oversaw Elite Youth Basketball with Nike, discussed the economics of high-stakes recruiting.

There is video that the government offers as evidence in the case, as well. Prior to the meeting, FBI agents positioned video cameras inside the room. The undercover recorded it, as well. Talk turned to a prospect in the class of and a similar financial arrangement regarding the recruit, Adidas and Louisville.

Charles H. Lewis

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