Texas Tech Coach Supports Phoenix House

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Billy Gillispie, recently hired head coach for the Texas Tech men’s basketball program, mentioned his support of Phoenix House in an interview with Dallas’ sports radio station 1310 The Ticket.

The interview was published by SportsDayDFW (powered by the Dallas Morning News) on March 21, 2011.

What has occupied your time primarily for the last couple of years?

Well, just a couple of things. I didn’t want things to end at Kentucky but it did, but I think life is about 10-percent what happens to us and 90-percent how we handle it. I think I’ve handled it very well. I definitely didn’t want that to happen, but I used it as a blessing because my mother passed away January 7 and I’ve missed her several times and this year I was able to spend the last two years of my life with her, and I wouldn’t trade that for any trophy.

And then the other things I’ve been involved with is I’ve done a ton of volunteer stuff that I never had time to do before and it’s so rewarding to me as a person; I was involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving; I was involved with Boys and Girls Club; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Phoenix House and those kinds of things. I might continue to be involved with all those kinds of things because it gave me a great deal of satisfaction. I think I was able to give them some help as well, so you never know what blessing is going to be given to us at any particular time. Sometimes, it might look like it’s a setback but really it could be a blessing in disguise and you just have to use it to that effect.

Read the whole interview here.

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