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William Eddie ABL Coach of the Year - Apr 25, 2013

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Sharks' staff set coaching standard for minor league basketball
The American Basketball League announced its first post-season honor today naming Fort Lauderdale Sharks Head Basketball Coach and General Manager William Eddie as the 2013 ABL Coach of the Year.
Prior to being hired by the Fort Lauderdale Sharks, Eddie coached collegiately under Isiah Thomas at Florida International University and brought to the ABL over two decades of collegiate coaching and NBA experience. In addition to his prior post at FIU, Eddie was also an assistant basketball coach at Central Michigan University and a former player scout for the NBAs Atlanta Hawks.
"Coach Eddie and Assistant Coach Ashanti Burnette displayed the type of professionalism and class that clearly distinguished the American Basketball League from any other non-NBA professional basketball league in America" said ABL CEO Steve Haney, "As we move towards the future and learn from the mistakes of our initial season, partnering with the right basketball people like Coach Eddie will be critical to our future success".
For William Eddie , the future of tbe ABL remains bright. "This was a great first season" said Eddie "The level of competition was at a very high level, the players played with a lot of desire and intensity and next year will be even greater".
According to league sources, the 2014 ABL season will see significant changes, including a mandatory escrow of player salaries and a season to run June through August, which will allow an influx of top American professionals returning from the conclusion of their FIBA seasons. These modifications will allow the NBA and top FIBA clubs to scout the undeniably deep ABL talent pool during their off-season. Additionally, the league is entertaining expansion inquiries from an investment group in the Northeast United States, as well as Bahamian Government officials for International league play.

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Orlando Lightning capture 2015 title - 3 Years ago
The Orlando Lightning complete an undefeated season by defeating the Orlando Whalers last night and by doing so capture the ABL 2015 Championship. Nnaji McDaniel (6'7''-F-92) led the way with 22 points, with Vincent Dillard (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Charleston Un.) adding 19 points respectively. Central State University grad Raheem Lemons (6'5''-F, college: Central State) added 18 points and 13 rebounds followed by Carlos Montilla 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the undefeated...   [read more]

Orlando Lightning edge defending champions - 3 Years ago
The Orlando Lightning recorded the fourth straight victory in the ABL season. They knocked down the Fort Lauderdale Sharks 105:98 to stay undefeated on the season. Raheem Lemons (6'5''-F, college: Central State) was pivotal for the winners. She tallied 19 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the Lightning. The defending champions fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.   [read more]
Lightning win season opener - 3 Years ago
The Orlando Lightning started off very strong leading the very tough Orlando Whalers 27 to 18 at end of the first quarter. The Lightning continued to play unselfish basketball in the 2nd quarter earning them 17 assists in the first half and going into the halftime leading 53 to 38. It was in the 4th quarter where the Lightning closed the game out with ball movement and dominating the boards. This brought the Orlando Lightning their first victory 97 to 70. Carlos Montilla (6'3''-F) lead th...   [read more]

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