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10. - Posted March 27, 2010 10:21PM

While sitting down here in Tampa Bay Florida watching the Pius Girls capture the WIAA D1 Ship via the internet, I have to take this Once Shining Moment to give a shout out to all the Pius 1 on 1 ballers who worked so hard over the years to live THEIR dream. State titles are not made in one season. You had a lot of positive influence in developing many of those players during the last several years. Pius should be so proud to have an alumni like you be an asset to this program! And I am so proud of Nikki to overcome such adversity the past year with her acl injury. She is a champion not only on the court but in her heart just like her mother! Congratulations Champs!

9. - Posted January 4, 2010 2:33PM
Mary Chrnelich-Nellen

Mary--Just wanted to say Thank You again for your hard work and dedication to building our Franklin girls into fundamentally sound players!! I love the clinics for emphasizing all the basketball fundmentals they need to be successful now and in the future. They love them because they are fun. Most of all, you are instilling in them a confidence and sense of teamwork that is vital to them developing into great young ladies on and off the court!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

8. - Posted October 19, 2009 3:37PM
An email from a Mom

Kate is not feeling well today and won't make the workout.
She is actually very disappointed! She said going to your clinics is like getting the cheat sheet to a test--nobody else teaches the things you do and she feels like she is ahead of other players from her league.

7. - Posted October 7, 2009 8:31AM

Thanks immensely for what you are instilling into Rebecca. That coupled with working with girls from Pius who serve as superb role models is just what she needs. Her improvement is largely due to the energy you have committed to her. It is easy to coach a physically gifted or advanced player. I appreciate your approach to working with those kids who are willing to learn but whose muscles, growth and coordination are just behind the others to this point in their development.   Of course that affects self confidence.


6. - Posted April 30, 2009 6:17PM
Message from Cassidy to her Mom

I have to tell you Cassidy's comments to me of late. You probably get feedback like this all the time, but since she has been so persistent in telling me this over the past few weeks, I had to share.
You know she went to that basketball skills camp over spring break at St. Al;s.. (we were supposed to go to Hilton Head with Karly and Dave, but decided not to---basketball was the next best thing). She went and had a productive time. They put her with the group of 9th and 10th graders, but she hung in there.

Day one: "how did you like it, Cassidy?". It was OK, but I know all of this from Mrs. Nellen.
Day two: "how was it Cassidy?" Mrs. Nellen taught me all of this 2 years ago (mind you she is still with 9th and 10th graders).
Day three: "Cassidy, did you learn anything new, anything Mrs. Nellen hasn't taught you?" No.
Day four (last day): "Cassidy, well, how was it all in all?". I'm not going to be doing any basketball camps or skills from anyone but Mrs. Nellen. I learn so much more from her and she teaches it to me how i want it taught to me. And I have fun. I don't need anyone else besides Mrs. Nellen, and don't sign me up for anything else like this unless Mrs. Nellen is doing it.

And...in all of her 12 years...was serious as a heart attack as she is saying this.


5. - Posted November 26, 2008 4:34PM

Hi Mary
Here is what I tell people about your program

If you are serious about getting motivated about improving your basketball game then Mary's program is for you. Its one thing learning how to dribble and handle a ball. Its another challenge to take yourself and learn how to displine yourself to consistantly make yourself achieve
and compete against yourself on a daily basis. This is the difference. Marys will tell you like it is and that you need to work hard and put in the time in order to reap the rewards
If you can do her workouts at 110 percent and continue to practice on your own and do what she says you should do outside of your workouts then your rewards will be
More self confidence more playing time and less time on the bench
What is neat...is its all up to the individual...and Mary seems to give the students permission to believe that they can do it. The results for my children have been nothing but positive. Her workout are hard but my children feel a sense of achievement afterwords and confidence when they go back out on the court
We thank Mary for her guidance and attention...and her love of the game that shows throughout the workouts.

4. - Posted October 15, 2008 12:38PM
A mom of one of Mary's girls

HI Mary, Just a quick note to say that Kinza appreciates you so very, very much.
YOu are doing a great job with those girls. blessings, Amy

3. - Posted August 18, 2008 3:59PM
Coach Mary,
Thank you for the continuous encouragement and support. It is all about great coaching and inspiring the players and you know I see that in you. You are an incredible coach, a wonderful motivator, patient as a saint, awesome teacher, know how to have fun, challenge as needed, and we love you! Thank you for everything you do. Christina would not have the passion or the skill without you. Thank you for that.


2. - Posted June 29, 2008 5:21PM
The last year plus - of attending your 1-on-1 workouts, has been just what Kelly needed. The ball handling and shooting drills have helped boost her individual skills, which in turn, make her a better team player. Every girl in the Milwaukee area, hoping to increase her basketball skills should be taking advantage of 1-on-1!

1. - Posted March 5, 2008 5:20PM

Mary, I would like to be the first one to thank you for all you have done to help Colie and all the other young basketball players fulfill their hoops dreams. You are one of kind dear and the game could use more people like you . . . . We Luv Ya!