Dutch Gaitley becomes Lehigh’s new video coordinator

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Dutch Gaitley contests Seton Hall’s John Garcia in 2007 (photo: Sarah Rice)

After a year behind the Temple bench, former center and graduate assistant Dutch Gaitley has taken the next step in becoming a college basketball coach.

Gaitley announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has accepted a job as the video coordinator for the Lehigh men’s basketball team.

“The main stuff that I’ll be doing is breaking down film,” Gaitley told CoBL by phone on Wednesday. “Once the season starts, just going through all the breakdowns for upcoming opponents, so for example, I’ll break down four or five games for coaches scouting that team and then they’ll tell me what plays to put in that they want to show the team in practices.”

“From there, it’s making up film for specific players for coaches that they want to watch. I would just cut everything out so, instead of them having to watch multiple games, I cut them up and have every single snippet of play. Instead of watching 9 hours of film, they can watch 15 minutes and get the same information.”

While Gaitley won’t be on the sidelines, he will have the opportunity to work with senior guard C.J. McCollum, who made headlines in last year’s NCAA tournament by scoring 30 points and dishing out six assists in helping 15th-seeded Lehigh oust second-seeded Duke in the second round.

“I’m really excited, I watched that Duke game and his talent level is great,” Gaitley said. “Talking to people I know, the Lehigh staff, some of the NBA guys, the sky’s the limit for him. He had a great summer at all of the different camps like LeBron, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and he’s really excited. I’m just excited to see his potential and really excited to just help out any way I can.”

As an aspiring coach, it’s no surprise that Gaitley looks up to Temple coach Fran Dunphy, recently voted by his peers as the most underrated NCAA basketball coach.

“He’s been, over the past couple of years for me, one of the best motivators,” Gaitley said. “The one thing that I really like about him is how much his players want to play for him and work for him and I’m thankful I was lucky enough to be in both of those categories. I can’t say enough about how much he’s helped me in terms of getting this shot.”

In his two years as a Temple center and graduate assistant, Dutch Gaitley has made a lasting impression on both the team and the school.

A fan favorite, Gaitley would check in to games with applause and screaming from the Temple student section whenever he would see a few minutes of action. He, along with Jake Godino and Jimmy McDonnell, founded “The Parliament”, the cheering section of Temple’s bench named after a group of real-life owls. The team and school, in turn, has left an impact on Gaitley, one that has him hoping to be working for the Cherry and White down the road.

“I hopefully see myself, optimistically, back at Temple,” he said. “I love Temple. I played at Monmouth for four years and played at Temple for one, but if you ask me where I played in college, I’ll say I’m a Temple Owl. In five years, I’m hoping to see myself as a successful assistant coach working my way up, getting there the right way and hopefully working my way up to Coach Dunphy’s staff. I’m a Philly guy through and through so I want to be in Philly as long as possible.”

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