Head Coach: Pat Fava
Experience: 4th year with the New York Towers
Alma Mater: Stony Brook ‘13
After 4 seasons at the helm and 3 national championships later, Coach Fava has proven he can bring a winning mentality to the table. Over the past 4 years, he has developed the Towers into a defensive powerhouse that holds opponents to an average of 15.2 points per game and 7.5 steals per game. The defensive success has not only been against other dwarf teams. The Towers have proven they are capable of playing against average size opponents and having a great deal of success.
Coach Fava’s background with dwarf athletes goes all the way back to childhood as he is the younger brother of current Towers’ forward, Danny Fava. He also has a great deal of basketball knowledge having played thru high school at legendary Archbishop Molloy High School. He is well respected among the team and even though he is younger than some of the current players, they still look to him as a role model and coach on and off the floor.
When Fava is not coaching the Towers, he is working hard towards a degree at Stony Brook University in the field of Athletic Training/Sport Medicine. However, he does has time to serve the Towers and other teams in sports. In fact, Fava will be serving on the medical staff for all sporting events at the 2013 World Dwarf Games. He hopes to continue his studies into graduate school where he can gain a Master’s degree in exercise science.
Coach Fava’s fondest memory of the Towers over the past 3 years was the entire “Beyond the Rim” experience. He says that the experience has opened up the eyes of countless people and made all more aware of individuals with dwarfism and how they can do everything the same, just with a minor adjustment here and there. “We hope to make people more aware of individuals with dwarfism and how they can still live their daily lives just like an average size person. The Towers truly exemplify the phrase ‘Impossible is nothing.’
In his free time, coach Fava enjoys hitting the golf course and improving his short game.
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