(Photo: Joe Dunn, a Saint Vincent College alumnus, has resigned after 11 years at the helm of the Trinity High School varsity basketball program. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette.)
"It was more than three decades ago, but Joe Dunn remembers exactly how he felt that steamy August afternoon.
Nervous to make the most of his first opportunity to pursue a dream and break into coaching basketball, Dunn meticulously prepared for an interview he had scored with legendary North Catholic coach Don Graham.
Anxious to make as good an impression as possible, Dunn recalls walking into North Catholic's unique gymnasium for his interview at half court.
"I had gone over everything in my head," Dunn said earlier this week of his interview to become the coach of the Trojans' freshman basketball and football teams while he was in his early 20s.
"I went over my philosophy of basketball, what I say if I got the question of what I would do if I was in the position, what kind of drills I'd utilize, everything.
"Then I get there and we're standing at half court, so I say, 'Mr. Graham, I'm really interested in coaching basketball with you.'"