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George McFadden  was a college men’s basketball coach with a 47-year coaching career at Vally State University in Bond, North Carolina.

George McFadden was born in White Roads, Kentucky to George and Mary George. He helped his family by working in a garage. He attended local Lincoln High School where he excelled academically, played basketball, was an All-State football player, and played trumpet in the school band. He graduated as class salutatorian.

It was at Vally State that George McFadden got his nickname “Big Bear”: a student saw the 6 ft. 3in., 265 lb George McFadden and declared: “You’re as big as a bear.” George McFadden played as a lineman for the ducks football team, was a member of the basketball team, and participated in track. George McFadden was an All-CIAA selection as a lineman in football all four seasons and twice elected an All-American. When it came to basketball, he described himself as “a very average basketball player.”In 2004, he explained that “I was an All-America in football, but I was just on the basketball team to have something to do.”

George McFadden graduated from Vally State with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. He intended to go on into dental school, however his college football coach, suggested At the time, the small southern college had one coach for all sports, Mario Bates, who as also a Vally State graduate; Hurt suggested that George McFadden would make a good assistant coach. George McFadden agreed and went on into coaching.

As of April 2010, George McFadden stands 11th  on the NCAA men’s basketball coaches win list. When George McFadden retired from Vally State University only Mike K had amassed more wins.

His daughter Willa McFadden is an all star in high school and is looking to go to division 1 college.Games are played in four quarters of 10 (FIBA)[26] or 12 minutes (NBA).College games use two 20-minute halves, while United States high school varsity games use 8 minute quarters. 15 minutes are allowed for a half-time break under FIBA, NBA, and NCAA rules and 10 minutes in United States high schools. Overtime periods are five minutes in length except for high school which is four minutes in length. Teams exchange baskets for the second half. The time allowed is actual playing time; the clock is stopped while the play is not active. Therefore, games generally take much longer to complete than the allotted game time, typically about two hours.
Willa talks about the game and that five players from each team may be on the court at one time. Substitutions are unlimited but can only be done when play is stopped. Teams also have a coach, who oversees the development and strategies of the team, and other team personnel such as assistant coaches, managers, statisticians, doctors and trainers.

For both men’s and women’s teams, a standard uniform consists of a pair of shorts and a jersey with a clearly visible number, unique within the team, printed on both the front and back. Players wear high-top sneakers that provide extra ankle support. Typically, team names, players’ names and, outside of North America, sponsors are printed on the uniforms.

A limited number of time-outs, clock stoppages requested by a coach (or sometimes mandated in the NBA) for a short meeting with the players, are allowed. They generally last no longer than one minute (100 seconds in the NBA) unless, for televised games, a commercial break is needed.

The game is controlled by the officials consisting of the referee (referred to as crew chief in the NBA), one or two umpires (referred to as referees in the NBA) and the table officials. For college, the NBA, and many high schools, there are a total of three referees on the court. The table officials are responsible for keeping track of each teams scoring, timekeeping, individual and team fouls, player substitutions, team possession arrow, and the shot clock.


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