Merillville, IN.....cradle of something
Merrillville is a town of about 35,000 people in the state of Indiana. It began as the home of Tom Dakich, former Falcon player and Father of one Dan Dakich. Dan eventually became a Falcon. Then, Len Matela came to BG from this fine town and led the team to some of its most successful seasons.
Then today, as if Merrillville hadn't yet done enough, along came John Stroia as our new assistant coach, replacing Artie Pepela. Stroia is from, you guessed it, Merrillville.
Don't get me wrong. I am not anti-Merrrillville. Merrillville is as good a place as Terra Haute, Gary, Ft. Wayne or even Bloomington. And if you don't think so...well, then you don't think so. But you can't ask Merrillville to do anything more for our basketball program. Of that much I am sure.
Stroia is, as an AZZ poster noted, freakish for having three consonants in his last name, followed by three vowels. What do you make of that? He also has been a D1 head coach (Youngstown State), and has good experience coaching, including at Weber State. It looks like a good get to me.
Maybe we should play a game in Merrillville.
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