Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
It isn’t often that a Division 3 school hiring an assistant coach makes news, but Hunter College did just that on Friday.
Head coach Shay Berry hired Eddie Lau to his staff.
Lau is the infamous New York-based basketball personality who was a mentor to former New Jersey prep star Derrick Caracter and an alleged runner for NBA agent Dan Fegan.
“Eddie has a genuine love of the game and is committed to helping young people,” Berry told SNY.tv in an exclusive interview. “He will be very helpful in the areas of player relationships and development.
“Eddie is committed to becoming a college basketball coach and it is my intention for him to be involved in all aspects of the business. He will be a recruiting asset but my biggest plan for him is to introduce him to what it takes to be an assistant coach, including game preparation, administrative tasks and utilizing technology.”
Said Lau: “It was always my dream to help kids through basketball. I worked as a ball boy for Coach [Rick] Pitino when he was the Knicks coach and throughout the years I have always looked up to him and saw the way he coached and how players respect and love coach.”
A year ago, I wrote a story entitled, “The Return of Eddie Lau” in which Lau announced he had become an NBA agent and was representing players like former Louisville standout Terrence Jennings.
But Berry says Lau is no longer an agent and wants to devote himself to coaching.
“Eddie Lau was a certified NBA agent prior to the NBA lock-out in 2011 and did not renew his certification once play resumed,” Berry said. “He is currently not working in the player representation business.”
Although Lau has no college coaching experience, Berry believes he will help the team in various areas.
“Eddie was a solid player who once scored 70 points in a high school game in North Carolina and played in the Taiwanese Professional League,” Berry said.
“He worked as a graduate assistant coach at McNeese State University for Head Coach Ron Everhart after graduating form Buffalo State University. Eddie has coached numerous camp sessions including at the prestigious ABCD and Five-Star Basketball Camps. Eddie coached for the New York Panthers AAU organization from 2000-08.”
“Eddie has extensive experience in the game and business of basketball,his expertise will be of great help to my program at Hunter College.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.