“ONE BREATH” 12 Step Game Plan To Transform “America’s Hoodz” Into A New, Revitalized And Empowered “America’s Black Community™”
Legendary basketball coach and educator Ted Gustus, Jr., has worked in some of the most challenging schools in “America’s Hoodz” in New York City for over 40 years. His own life experiences living in “da hood”, as described in his first book “Confessions of a M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Black Coach” and his successes with thousands of youth across Brooklyn, NY and the U.S., has served as the fuel for him to write his second book, “ONE BREATH” A 12 Step Game Plan To Transform “America’s Hoodz” Into A New, Revitalized And Empowered “America’s Black Community™” This book creates a fundamental paradigm shift in the way that our boys and young men are being “educated, coached, policed, parenting and acculturated in our schools, community, family, and sports.
Coach Gustus has been recognized through every major media outlet. He has received a letter from President Barack Obama for his lifetime work as a teacher, community leader and coach, in addition to being inducted into several Basketball Halls Of Fame; he has received numerous citations, proclamations and awards for his outstanding community services.
Today, Coach Gustus is commissioner of the largest high school basketball league in the country. He was appointed the Commissioner of the PSAL Borough of Brooklyn Boys’ Basketball League. After retiring from teaching and coaching, Coach Gustus is bringing his basketball, life, and educational knowledge and wisdom to coaches and teams in Brooklyn.
During his 40 plus years as a basketball Coach, Coach Gustus, a native Brooklynite has coached at every level. He has coached at the grassroots level with his Ditmas All-Stars Basketball teams, in the East Flatbush, Canarsie and Brownsville areas. He went on to become an intern assistant coach at St. John’s University under legendary Coach Lou Carnesesca. His passion to use sports to improve the quality of life for boys in Brooklyn has led him to coach several years at Thelma Hamilton JHS 275. After doing assistant coach work at Canarsie High School, he became the assistant coach at Brooklyn College, leading his team to the NCAA Final IV, under head coach Mark Reiner. Coach Gustus became the first African American to coach basketball in the prestigious NYC Catholic High School, when he landed the job at Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn. It was at Nazareth Coach Gustus sealed his legendary status, as he won several Championships, Division Championships, Sportsmanship and Coach of the year awards.
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