BROOKLINE, Mass. - Women's Basketball Head Coach Marc Taney is headed to Greece to discuss the opportunity with locals about attending Hellenic College and the ability to participate in NCAA Division III sports at Newbury College. Due to the consortium between Newbury College and Hellenic College approved by the NCAA last December, students committed to attending Hellenic College may participate in sports programs at Newbury.
Day Eight: Coach Taney Returns Home from Greece
Day Seven: Meeting Prospective Students in Athens
The final day of visits...
Day Six: Three More Stops for Taney in Greece
Three Stops Tuesday! Mandoulides Lyceum, Aristotelio College High School, and American Farm School
Day Five: Meetings with Prospective Students
Days Three and Four: Taney Arrives in Thessaloniki
Spent most of Saturday traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki (Founded in 315 AD, it is Greece's second largest city at a population of over 1 million people). Arrived at the Colors Hotel around 2:00 p.m., dropped off the bags and went for a walk around the port. Found a nice Irish bar, Dubliners, for dinner. Enjoyed a steak and called it a night....soooo tired.
Sunday started with brunch and a walk around Thessaloniki. We saw some Greek Orthodox churches as old as 1,000 years, open-air grocery store, and a marching protest. That's right...a marching protest calling for the removal of the leader of a professional football club! There were chants, huge flags being waived, and flare style torches. Clearly, people are VERY serious about their professional teams here.
We met up with Vanessa's friend Christina for the rest of our walk and we headed to the port for a walk along the water. Christina recommended we take a short cruise on the water for a coffee and a view of the city from the water. The hour-long cruise was free...that's right free....and was quite relaxing.
Later Sunday evening we met up with counselors for dinner from two schools that we will be presenting to Monday and Tuesday. Georgia (from Anatolia High School) and Charlotte (from The American Farm School) treated us to a wonderful dinner consisting traditional Greek foods including grilled calamari and fresh grilled sardines! The conversation was phenomenal. Both Georgia and Charlotte had great ties to America, Georgia moved back to Greece in 1994 from Middletown NY and Charlotte played DIII women's soccer!! Both women were extremely excited to meet us and cannot wait for us to meet their prospective student-athletes. Going to be a great couple days in Thessaloniki!!
Day Two: Taney Travels Through Greece
Day One: Taney Flies to Athens