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Israel Potoczny has nearly a decade's worth of experience covering high school and grassroots basketball as the publisher of swmobasketball.com. After serving in the US Navy, he attended both Missouri Western State University and Missouri State University where he was an english/journalism student. He has nearly a dozen years experience covering high school and college sports as the Sports Editor of The Daily Record in Lebanon, Mo. and has worked for a host of other publications over the years, including the Ozarks Sports Zone and Springfield News-Leader.
Willis played high school ball in South Jersey at Middle Township high school, serving as a team captain on the back to back to back state championship team in 1994. He served 3 years in the US Army playing for the Western Corridor US Army team in South Korea for a year, finishing up his enlistment at Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX while playing for one of the 4th Infantry Division post teams. Willis played his college ball for NAIA D1 Park (college) University from 1997 - 2001, and was a member of the only team to make it to the NAIA Final Four in 1997. His team has been inducted into the Wall of Honor at Park University. He obtained my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration / Management in 2001 and went back to Park and got his Master's in Management Information Systems in 2017. Willis started out coaching at the youth recreation level for my local parks and recreation for 8 years as a volunteer coach. He is a certified coach in the state of Missouri as well. In 2018, he started volunteer coaching with Belton High, as a Varsity Boys assistant coach. Willis has his substitute teacher certificate in the state of Missouri and substitute teaches at Belton High periodically.
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