Gator Sports: Former UF standout Dupay begins coaching career

USSSA is in the press again! Great coverage on USSSA Basketball in Florida, here is a great report from Gator Sports:

By Kevin Brockway

The Trigger looked like he could still suit up for a college game.

Lean and fit in a gray T-shirt with a Gator emblem, former UF basketball standout Teddy Dupay celebrated his 35th birthday last week back close to the game he loves.

As a favor to a friend, Dupay took part in pregame ceremonies for the USSSA National Championships, a youth basketball tournament at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. In a 3-point shooting contest with 12-year-old Samuel Griffin of Miami, Dupay still showed his trademark deep shooting range. After missing his first two 3-point attempts, Dupay made six straight, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd in the stands.

“This is home,” Dupay said. “Especially when I think of basketball, especially here. We did so much in the summer here at Santa Fe. So, it’s pretty nice to be here.”

Getting back to basketball wasn’t an easy journey. In the 13 years since being forced to leave Florida amid gambling allegations, Dupay has endured back problems that curtailed an overseas playing career, failed business ventures and a domestic assault arrest. But now, Teddy Trigger believes he’s found his calling. He’s coaching basketball at the grassroots level in Tampa, mentoring a mix of boys and girls youth programs ranging in age from 5 to 19.

“This is the first year I’ve committed to being a coach of a team, to running leagues, to doing training and I’m really glad,” Dupay said. “I wish I would have done it sooner.”

And Dupay’s biggest message to the young players he coaches? Make good choices.

“I’ve watched my playing dreams evaporate because of the choices I made,” Dupay said. “Those consequences are some of the same consequences these kids will face. Not many of them will ever get to that level of play, if one or two of them do, well then they will be glad I shared that message with them.

“But the other 99 percent that don’t (it’s) even more important, because real life has consequences, too, and you just have to make good choices.”

Asked about any regrets from some of his past choices, Dupay said: “Yes and no. Had some of those things not happened, I definitely wouldn’t be the man that I am today, I wouldn’t have been as appreciative and committed as I am of these kids and for the kids that I helped. This would not be me had those things not happened. Sometimes it’s really painful to deal with at the time. That’s real life for everybody. I’ve gone through it.”

Read more at gatorsports.com: http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20140703/ARTICLES/140709903/1136?Title=Former-UF-standout-Dupay-begins-coaching-career

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