Both men’s and women’s teams champs of Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament
By Wendy Brown
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office
Daszmar Lockhart is going out on top as the coach of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden basketball teams.
Both the men’s and women’s teams, which Lockhart coaches, were champions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament held at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center Jan. 18-21.
The teams are members of the Community Basketball League, which includes teams from military installations throughout Europe. Lockhart said he is moving to North Carolina soon, and the tournament was his last with the teams.
Players from both teams said they will miss Lockhart.
“Coach Lockhart is the heart of the team and he will be greatly missed,” said Porsche Mitchell, the women’s team most valuable player for the MLK Basketball Tournament. “His commitment and contributions to the women’s and men’s basketball teams will be hard to replace.”
Lockhart, an All-Army basketball player in 2001, not only sparked her passion for excelling at basketball, but that of other members of the team, Mitchell said.
Willie Sanders, the most valuable player for the men’s team, agreed.
“He’s definitely going to be missed,” said Sanders. “He knows what he’s talking about and it pays off.”
Berlyn DeVera, an all-tournament player for the women’s team, said the women’s team plans to keep doing the fundamentals that Lockhart taught them, as well as the plays he taught them to execute.
In November, the men’s team won the Thanksgiving Supershootout basketball tournament, and the women’s team ― which Lockhart had just taken over as coach ― came in second.
Mitchell said Lockhart helped the women’s team make significant improvements in terms of conditioning and mental awareness. “Our key to success has been putting more effort into practice and improving team chemistry,” she said.
In this month’s tournament, the men’s team beat Kaiserslautern to win the title, and the women’s team beat Spangdahlem, Lockhart said.
The men’s all-tournament players were Sean Molvig and Tavares Gilliam. Octavia Brown was also an all-tournament player for the women’s team.
The teams’ season runs from November to April, when the All Forces Tournament will determine the league’s champions, Lockhart said.
Anyone interested in coaching the teams should contact Kevin Ringgold or Robbie Green at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. The number is mil 337-5541 or civ (0611) 705-5541.