On June 25-26, Dan Dakich ventured to the Treasure State for the first time. And came away impressed.
“This place is awesome,” Dakich said. “Me and my wife had never been here.”
Dakich spoke at the Carroll College Men’s Basketball Fundraiser, but the relationship between Dakich and Coach Carson Cunningham dates back decades to when Cunningham attended Dakich’s camps.
“I remember the first day of Carson being at camp,” Dakich said. “Driving home with my wife, I said, ‘This guy is pretty good.’”
The former Indiana men’s basketball coach arrived Saturday. As he toured Carroll’s campus, he saw the basketball team playing in Open Gym. The ESPN college basketball analyst said their competitiveness is not most impressive quality about this team.
“He’s got four valedictorians on his team,” Dakich said. “To me, that fits who Carson is. He’s a smart guy.”
On Sunday, Dakich addressed Carroll College stakeholders. Afterwards, point guard Loral Johnson appreciated Dakich’s advice on his post-graduation plans of becoming a journalist.
“Someone can always be watching me to hire me,” Johnson said. “I’m always auditioning. I’m always branding myself.”
Carson Cunningham also welcomed Dakich stressing the importance of life after basketball.
“He had a lot of great advice for our student-athletes and up and comers,” Cunningham said, “about how to go about your business.”
And Dakich’s first weekend in the Capitol City will not be his last.
“I hope it’s not the last time because I love this place,” Dakich said.