Sports is a world where contacts are important. What you know is important; however, who you know can be just as important.
Twydell Love Jr. has been hired this year as the new Smith-Cotton boys basketball assistant coach. Love played high school basketball at Raytown High School under head coach Mark Scanlon, uncle of Smith-Cotton head boys basketball coach Brennan Scanlon; Love also coached with Mark Scanlon at O’Hara High School in Kansas City. Love’s relationship with Mark Scanlon helped him land the job at Smith-Cotton, as Mark Scanlon referred Love to the opportunity.
A 2009 Raytown High graduate, Love played basketball and baseball. After graduating, he attended Graceland University, in Lamoni, Iowa, becoming a two-time NAIA Academic scholar, having at least a 3.5 GPA for the whole year.
Love’s desire to coach started in high school.
“Coaching is my passion,” he said.
While at Smith-Cotton, Love hopes to build good relationships, win and “be able to make a difference in someone’s life; I want to leave a mark. … I feel like every place I have been at, I have made a difference with the kids, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Love wants to coach at the high school level and eventually move on to coach at the college level.
“I want to coach forever,” he said. “This is what I was made to do.”
Jim Donnelly, last year’s full time assistant boys basketball coach at Smith-Cotton, bought a business in which he sells coaching DVDs and works with college coaches. While Donnelly will still volunteer his time to the team through scouting, a void at the position needed to be filled.
“I expect (Love) to bring just a lot of passion, enthusiasm, excitement,” Brennan Scanlon said.
Love’s role will be to help with the junior varsity team alongside coach Ashley Young, as well as helping with the varsity team, Scanlon said. With Love being only six to seven years older than those he will be coaching, Scanlon hopes Love will relate well to the players.
“Coach T is more of an energetic coach,” said Dante Scroggins, starting power forward for Smith-Cotton. “He knows what he’s doing, he knows how to win and he’s been with winning programs.”
Chance Johnson, starting shooting guard for Smith-Cotton, added: “(Love is) very enthusiastic; he’s always trying to make us better. He pushes us. He always has an aggressive attitude.”