Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3 Secrets to Jasper's Success

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3 Secrets to Jasper's Success

Article excerpt

Pascack Valley girls basketball coach Jeff Jasper hasn't reached 900 career victories by accident. He's had his share of talent. And he knows his X's and O's. "Sometimes it seems like Jasper's playing chess while the rest of us are playing checkers," one rival coach said. But those who know him best say the way to success over 40 years is found in the details that define New Jersey's winningest girls basketball coach.

1. The eyes have it

After every game, Jasper waits in the hall for his players. They line up and shake his hand as he shares a word of encouragement or advice.

"Every time he shakes your hand, he makes eye contact. To me, that's always been the biggest thing, the thing I've tried to carry over as a coach. You know he's listening. You know he's interested."

-- Jenn Jurjevic, former Pascack Valley star and Emerson coach, now an assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas

2. All together now

Jasper can be intense on the sideline and one might wonder how the girls put up with that.

"They don't see the other side. …

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