Kalen Eddings in front of Emerge Sports Logo. PN Photo/Carson Von Taborsky
Former UNCP student and basketball coaching staff member, Kalen Eddings, made his debut as the owner of the basketball training facility, Emerge Sports, through a coaching clinic on Saturday, September 26th.
The coaching clinic marked the first time the doors would be open to others. Nearly 20 coaches from all around Robeson County came out to see what the gym has to offer. Eddings manages to have several coaches from large universities come out and share advice on how to take the game of basketball to the next level. Some of these coaches are from universities including Houston, Memphis, and UNCP.
Eddings always dreamed of having a training facility of his own. Eddings said about his childhood dreams, “I remember, as a little kid, I would draw blueprints of buildings like the one I’m in now.”
In the past, Eddings did a years' worth of interning at Elev8 Sports Institute training and coaching athletes. Followed by two more years of being a graduate assistant at Pembroke for the men's basketball team. It wasn’t until this past year Kalen was given a head coaching job for a local high school team.
His gym may not open to players for one more week, but big things are expected from Emerge Sports and Eddings in the future. “We hope to have a sports complex... with more courts, weight rooms, and even a physical therapy area for rehab. Ultimately, we’re looking into expanding Emerge Sports to the next level.”