UCU unveils new coaches

By Timothy Murungi, :: 06-03-2012

   He has had all the success that any basketball coach would want but  Scully tendered his resignation as Lady Canons coach in January.
   He had a clean sweep of all competition to defend the League championship and also won the inter-university women’s title.

 Above all, he has assembled a brilliant squad with an impeccable unbeaten record.
   Despite all these accomplishments, Scully withdrew from coaching the brilliant Lady Canons team.
“I felt I was taking too much time away from my family. It is important that I do not abandon my family. I need to be home most evenings and have time to raise my children,” he said.
   His resignation will also enable him to accord more time to other sports disciplines and rest the attacks from other sports disciplines.
“I want to be able to support other teams to another capacity. I thought I was paying too much attention to one programme-basketball to the detriment of other sports,” he said.
   Scully will continue contributing towards basketball but from the sidelines and will especially   
    He has had all the success that any basketball coach would want but  Scully tendered his resignation as Lady Canons coach in January.
   He had a clean sweep of all competition to defend the League championship and also won the inter-university women’s title. Above all, he has assembled a brilliant squad with an impeccable unbeaten record.
   Despite all these accomplishments, Scully withdrew from coaching the brilliant Lady Canons team.
“I felt I was taking too much time away from my family. It is important that I do not abandon my family. I need to be home most evenings and have time to raise my children,” he said.
   His resignation will also enable him to accord more time to other sports disciplines and rest the attacks from other sports disciplines.
“I want to be able to support other teams to another capacity. I thought I was paying too much attention to one programme-basketball to the detriment of other sports,” he said.
   Scully will continue contributing towards basketball but from the sidelines and will especiallyabout how much he contributed to Lady Canon’s success.
“I thank God for an opportunity (to serve as Lady Canons coach). I know we were able to do great things but I do not know how much was me and how much was the girls,” he added.
   Scully does not picture himself coaching as a full time career so his coaching has been for the love of basketball.
   His resignation is not the end of his coaching but for now Scully has pledged to channel all his energies on directing sports activities
“I want to be the best sports director I can be! ” he said.
His goal is to supervise sports more effectively.

 COACH AMOU
   Tom Amou Paul has doubled as Lady Doves coach and Doves player for three years (2006-2011). During this time, he has done an incredible job as coach player including the first four years when he was a Doves player (2002-2005).
   As Lady doves coach, he won several prestigious accolades. In his first year alone as coach, he clinched the Inter-university women’s volleyball championship (2009) and coach of the month award in December.
   He attributes his success as a coach player to being able to switch his understanding of volleyball as a player into training.
“I transferred my playing experience to coaching, believed in myself and learned from other coaches to train women’s volleyball,” he noted.
   Amou is finalist of a master’s in Public Administration and Management in UCU. He resigned so that he would devote more time to  his academics.
   Amou will continue playing volleyball with Nemo Stars where he transferred at the beginning of this year.

COACH SAMANYA
   Emmanuel Samanya is the man who will replace Dale Scully as university and League Champions’ Lady Canons coach.
   He is no stranger to championship performance as he has led Nabisunsa girls to numerous victories in high school basketball.
   He has won championships for Nabisunsa girls for 10 years since he started coaching the team in 1997 missing the other four titles by a whisker.
   Against such an impressive background, Samanya beems with confidence that success will follow him with the Lady Canons.
    His vision is to keep Lady Canons winning titles.
“I want to keep them (Lady Canons) where they are.
Since the ladies are now champions. We only have to maintain,” he said.
Samanya was Warriors club captain from 1993 to 2002.

COACH SOYITA
   Protus Soyita succeeds Tom Amou as Lady Doves coach.
   Soyita Protus was no volleyball star during his school days but is certainly one of the most successful volleyball coaches in Uganda.
   In just a year, he transformed Brethren College girls’ team into four time national champions. He only played volleyball in senior two.
   He transferred to Trust High school last year and led the girls’ volleyball team to East Africa secondary schools semifinals.
   His inner instincts convinced him that he had a talent in coaching.
In 2010, he joined Ndejje University and stirred the women’s volleyball team to win a double (institutions and club categories) in Nkumba open.
   Under his instruction, Ndejje women pocketed silver at last year’s East Africa university games.
   Soyita was also trained the men’s team that won the institution’s title at Kampala International University open.
   Soyita’s first test comes early this weekend at the Makerere Open to retain club and institution titles with the Lady Doves.

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