Derek Kellogg Receives Proclamation From Springfield On Tuesday
May 27, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Springfield's native son Derek Kellogg was honored by the city on Tuesday night at the City Chambers. The new UMass head basketball coach and former Minuteman point guard was recognized with a proclamation from the city for his success as a high school player at Springfield Cathedral, UMass and as an assistant coach for 12 years, the last eight at Memphis. The nine City Councilors honored Kellogg.
Councilor Kateri B. Walsh presented Kellogg with the proclamation which read as follows:
C I T Y O F S P R I N G F I E L D
WHEREAS, the Springfield City Council is always pleased to recognize an outstanding individual on his accomplishments, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Derek Kellogg has been named the 21st Head Coach for the University of Massachusetts Men's Basketball Team, and
WHEREAS, Coach Kellogg was a 1995 UMass graduate and a four-year letter winner with the Minutemen and was named the team's captain as both a junior and senior as well as being named a 1995 Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection and was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 Academic honoree, and
WHEREAS, Derek was born and raised in Springfield and was 1991 graduate of Cathedral High School where he was a two-time Massachusetts All-State basketball player and McDonald's honorable mention All-American, and
WHEREAS, Coach Kellogg recently finished his twelfth year as an assistant coach, the last eight at the University of Memphis under former UMass head coach John Calipari where he was an integral part of the Tigers 219 overall victories and 101 conference wins during his eight seasons, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Springfield City Council hereby recognizes,
honors and commends Coach Derek Kellogg on being named the 21st Head Coach for
the University of Massachusetts Men's Basketball Team and wishes him much luck and
continued success in the future.
A Proclamation Sponsored on May 27, 2008 in Honor of Coach Derek Kellogg.
Wayman Lee, Esq. City Clerk
Sponsored by City Councilor Kateri Walsh and All Councilors.
City Council President Bud L. Williams spoke passionately about Kellogg saying, "You're our son, a son to all of us." He added, "we need Derek Kellogg to build the connection with Springfield. It is very important for Springfield to connect with UMass and build the relationship." He also spoke about UMass players serving as mentors to the youth of Springfield.
Councilor William T. Foley added that Kellogg should be the "mold" for young men in Springfield and he is "our son" and "a son to all."
Kellogg was very honored and touched by the accolade. "There is a good connection between UMass and Springfield and I want to help make it better. We have some outstanding guys in our program. I remember all the building blocks that were there for me when I was growing up. It would be great to help make Springfield a better place. Our players could be mentors here in the city ... There does seem to be a huge push to renovate the downtown. We have some great ideas at UMass on how to build our relationship with Springfield," he said.
He spoke about how special Springfield is saying, "Only one city in the world has the Basketball Hall of Fame. I envision it as Basketball USA. We want to help make Springfield a city to visit to see the downtown and all the area has to offer."
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