RALEIGH—The St. Augustine's men's basketball team is trying to recapture some magic from recent history, so they brought an old face back to help in that endeavor.
There is a familiar sound inside emery gymnasium these days. Lonnie Blow Jr. is back on the bench at St. Aug's. After coaching the Falcons from 2008 through 2010, Blow became an assistant at Old Dominion University, where he picked up some tricks of the trade.
“It feels great. We have a great group of guys who have worked really hard. We just have to keep our focus and make sure we continue to get better. There is no place like home,” said Blow.
But when St. Augustine's and Ken Spencer parted ways following last season, the call went out to Blow, who led the Falcons to the CIAA title in 2010 by adhering to a basketball maxim.
“Defense is a big thing with us, that is what we are going to pride ourselves on this year,” said junior Chris Johnson.
The Falcons are 3-2 so far on the young season, which is probably where the so-called pundits thought they'd be.
The falcons were picked to finish dead last in the conference's preseason media poll. There are a few players on the current squad who have played under Blow before; including red shirt junior Chris Johnson, who sees similar qualities with this team and the CIAA title winning squad from a few years ago.
The last time Blow roamed the sidelines in Raleigh, he was watching over champions. And after two years away, Falcons fans hope he is ready to bring some additional hardware home.