Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 4, 2011

Kidd to coach Blazers, will host tryout on Nov. 13

BECKLEY — There just aren’t enough hours in the day for Brian Kidd.

In addition to his full-time job with Restcare of West Virginia, the former  The College of West Virginia (now Mountain State) was recently named the head coach of the West Virginia Blazers American Basketball Association club.

“I was approached about doing it and, having played with the team for two years (his second as player/assistant coach) I thought it was a good situation,” Kidd said.  “I’m looking forward to it. I look at southern West Virginia as the Mecca of basketball. We’re going to try to get some exposure for these guys.”

There will be a tryout for the Blazers at the Fayette County Memorial Building (the Blazers’ home gym) in Fayetteville from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The tryout is free for former Blazers and $50 for new players.

Kidd is no stranger to the coaching world. In addition to being a former Blazers assistant, the Beckley native coached AAU basketball over the summer, starting with one team but ending the season with three squads.

“It moved pretty fast after it started,” Kidd said. “I had a fifth grade team, a sixth through eighth grade team and a ninth grade team.”

Kidd was the third player signed by The College of West Virginia when MSU coach Bob Bolen was starting the program. He is still the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,853 points, almost 1,000 more than second all-time leading scorer Anthony Scruggs.

“My only regret is we never made it to Kansas City to play in the (NAIA national) tournament,” Kidd said. “I always tell people we laid the groundwork.”

Kidd said he is currently working on a proposal to get a training facility in the area and to help area players get exposure.

“There are a lot of good kids here, and all they need is an opportunity,” Kidd said. “Can the league be better? Probably, but there is a lot of talent. Dennis Rodman played in the ABA. J.R. Van Hoose, who played at Marshall. Out West there are some NBA players in the league, staying in shape while the (NBA) labor negotiations are going on.

“And Maurice Davis, who played at MSU and for the Blazers, had a chance to be seen and signed a contract to play overseas. It’s a high level of play.”

— E-mail: demorrison@

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