Former Moline Basketball player Ian Hanavan has his coaching career on hold

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SPORTS LEAGUES ACROSS THE WORLD ARE ON HOLD. THE CANCELLATIONS OF THE BASKETBALL LEAGUES IN EUROPE WAS ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTING TO A FORMER MOLINE MAROON. ADAM ROSSOW TELLS US HOW HE’S HANDING THE THRILL OF GETTING HIS BIG COACHING BREAK IN THE SHADOW OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN BELGIUM.

(Hanavan/Brussels) “This was like right in the middle of this when it was all going down.”
(ROSSOW/VO) “IMAGINE LANDING YOUR DREAM JOB DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.”
(Hanavan/Brussels) “It’s quite numbing, you know, there’s a lot of different feelings.”
(ROSSOW/VO) “THAT’S THE SCENARIO FOR IAN HANAVAN.”
(Hanavan/Brussels) “When I got the job, I think it was about a week or two before they officially locked down the country.”
(ROSSOW/VO) THE FORMER MOLINE BASKETBALL STAR WAS NAMED HEAD COACH OF A BELGIAN PROFESSIONAL TEAM IN BRUSSELS ON MARCH 13TH.”
NATS (WHISTLE)
(ROSSOW/VO) “COVID-19 PUT BOTH THE LEAGUE AND BASKETBALL OPERATIONS ON HOLD SHORTLY AFTER.”
(Ian Hanavan/Former Moline Basketball Player) “It is difficult. It’s difficult because, at least for the local guys, I can’t be in the gym and seeing guys sweat and be up close and personal. I can’t meet them to evaluate players for the next season.”
(ROSSOW/VO) “HANAVAN PLAYED OVERSEAS FOR 12 SEASONS BEFORE STARTING HIS COACHING CAREER IN 20-16. HE MOSTLY RECENTLY WAS AN ASSISTANT IN THE CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION.”
(Hanavan/Brussels) “I was away from my family and I just didn’t want to be away from my family. I’ve got a couple little kids. The idea was to get the experience in China and then come back to Belgium and then hopefully land a coaching job, which I was blessed to get in the end. I think it worked out.”
(ROSSOW/VO) “THE TIME AT HOME IS ALLOWING HANAVAN TO SELF-ANALYZE PROFESSIONALLY.”
(Hanavan/Brussels) “It takes me a step back to kind of rethink my philosophy. What kind of team I want to assemble. What do I really want? It just puts me in a position to be creative.”
(Adam Rossow/@AdamJRossow) “WHEN’S IT GONNA SET IN THAT YOU GOT A JOB THAT YOU’VE BEEN STRIVING FOR FOR YEARS?
(Hanavan/Brussels) “”That first talk with the team before practice. I think that’s when it’s really gonna set in, probably in that moment I’m going to be like, ‘this is surreal’.”
(ROSSOW/VO) “THE ANTICIPATION BUILDING EVER SO SLIGHTLY, EVEN IF HANAVAN’S MOMENT OF REALIZING HIS BASKETBALL GOALS DOESN’T HAVE A START DATE.”
NATS (CROWD)
(Hanavan/Brussels) “The tip off of the first regular season game. Whether I’m gonna be in a suit and tie or I’m gonna be like in a sport jacket or a collared shirt. I’m gonna be looking around seeing the fans and realizing like, wow, I’m actually coaching a pro team. That’s gonna be crazy.”

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