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Youth basketball coaching

For three seasons, I coached youth basketball at the U8 and U10 age-group levels in Junior Magic (Goldenrod league), compiling a 16-9 record (0.640) during my time there. I'm momentarily retired, but I plan to get back into it after the rest of my life settles down! Through coaching, I hope to teach kids about teamwork, respect for others, work ethic, handling victory/defeat, appreciating opportunities and confidently pursuing them, as well as basketball fundamentals. At the end of every season, my hope is that my players will not only be improved basketball players, but also improved students, sons and daughters, and citizens of the community!

Seasons (click team pictures to enlarge):
 

          Fall 2018 (U8)          Winter 2019 (U8)          Fall 2019 (U10)

                                           LEAGUE CHAMPS!

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Official team pic - Sonics, winter 2019.
F19 Sonics team pic after practice.JPG

Words

I have loved basketball ever since I was very little and have had the privilege to write for a few websites that cover the NBA (I'm retired for now, however). In my intramural playing days, I was known for traveling a lot and arguing about it.

Podcast appearances

Also, for what it's worth, I was once consulted by Evan Birnholz (Washington Post Sunday crossword writer) about a basketball-related clue when he was writing the 12/4/2016 puzzle (here's his column on that one).

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I served as a columnist at The Michigan Daily, the flagship newspaper of the University of Michigan, for three semesters, and won the "Best of the Daily" award four times during my tenure (best column of the week). Here are some of my favorite columns:

 

A need for recognition (March 27, 2012)

Jeremy Lin and political correctness (February 21, 2012)

The Type 3 gaffe (November 14, 2011)

A Commander and a President (October 25, 2011)

Music

Music has always been a large part of my life, starting from when I first picked up the violin as a toddler. In middle school, I began playing the clarinet and it became my primary instrument, although I still played violin in youth orchestras. Nowadays, I don't have as much time to devote to music-making, but I still pick up my clarinet every once in a while to play old tunes, and I always think back fondly to the memories I have with my friends from the music world. Here is a musical resume of sorts:

 

College

  • Winner, Eugene Bossart Concerto Competition (University of Michigan)

    • Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra (Carl Maria von Weber)

    • Solo performance (video below) at Hill Auditorium on November 16, 2011

  • Clarinet performance minor

  • Principal clarinetist (three semesters), Campus Symphony Orchestra

  • Michigan Marching Band (2008 football season)

  • Accepted to University of Florida School of Music with maximum scholarship to study with former New York Philharmonic clarinetist Mitchell Estrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School

  • Three-time Florida All-State Band selection (2006, 2007, 2008)

  • Studied with Dr. Keith Koons (Professor of clarinet, University of Central Florida)

  • Winner (winds/percussion division), 2007 Winter Park Bach Festival Young Artist Competition

  • Principal clarinetist in Winter Park HS Wind Ensemble for all four years of high school

  • Winter Park HS Wind Ensemble and Winter Park HS Park Philharmonic (principal clarinetist in both groups) qualified for 2006 Midwest Clinic

  • Section leader for two years in Winter Park HS Sound of the Wildcats Marching Band

 

Music from Green Hill Zone (the first stage of the 1991 classic video game "Sonic The Hedgehog"), as recorded with my brother (Ryan Chen) in three parts:

 

Magic

See the "Projects" tab for my work in utilizing magic to illustrate psychology principles. While you're here, enjoy this card-change trick:

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