Around Town 9/23/16: Impact Gallery to Close Its Doors, New Tech-Savvy Options for Sports Coaches

Published 09/24 2016 12:20AM

Updated 09/24 2016 12:21AM

When sports meets computers, you get one tech-savvy coach.
In this week's Around Town a local coach shows us the new way of keeping drills in line. 

COACH-OP -

You'll find him alongside a high school team calling plays and sending signals.

Off the court, North Dakota basketball's never had a more technology driven coach.

Jason Horner's made his rounds around North Dakota coaching for Napoleon, Mandan and now Legacy, but his claim to fame to date is more on the screen, then off.

A computer program that he says gives him more time on the court and less time doing paperwork.

"We could plan our practices together without having to meet all the time," says Jason

It was originally a private program made public when he was asked to speak alongside Gordon Chiesa former assistant coach of the Utah Jazz.

Pressured to present something meaningful - he debuted Coach-op an interactive program that has some Facebook-like qualities.

His new brain-child tracks drills, plays and practices. He's had schools and coaches from as far as Maryland signing up.

17 years as a basketball coach - he'll be a business man for many more. He says the success of his business won't end his coaching career. He's staying in the huddle one way or another.

Coach Horner is taking his new idea nationwide. He's attending the Iowa Basketball Coaches Clinic next month to pitch to coaches and schools.

IMPACT GALLERY CLOSING - 

It was a leap of faith according to the owners of Impact Gallery in Bismarck..

They've announced that the iconic downtown art gallery will be closing October 22. They say the gallery is moving in a different direction.

They instead will sell their popular artwork full-time online and doing private art lessons at home. The couple have been doing business in Bismarck for more than 20 years.

They say it was a difficult decision, but the right one for now.

 

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