OVERVIEW: The concept behind Shots from the Heart was to have college coaches help to create awareness for Heart Disease through friendly competition. Some of the biggest names in college basketball have stepped up to the free throw line to take their shots, including
Mike Brey (Notre Dame),
Jim Larranaga (Miami),
Sean Miller (Arizona) and current
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The 4th annual season-long competition begins with a bracket of 64 coaches and over the course of the season the field is narrowed down to an eventual champion who will be crowned in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 division I men's basketball championship. Shots from the Heart helps to raise awareness for the growing problem of Heart Disease while paying tribute to former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser who died of a heart attack in 2007.
TOURNAMENTS: There will be two 64-coach fields (one
for head coaches and one for assistant coaches).
Participating coaches will compete in a free throw shooting
FORMAT: Starting in November coaches would compete
against one another with winners advancing to the next
round. To make the process simple, coaches would not have to
actually compete against each other on the same court. Each
coach would have to shoot 25 free throws at his convenience.
A member of the athletic department would tally the results
and the coach with the most points would advance. There will
be a tournament for both head coaches and assistant coaches.
SHOOTING: Participating coaches will have a 2-week
window to attempt their free throws.
SCORING: In an effort to avoid ties, the following
scoring system will be used:
- Shots 1-10 are worth 1 point
- Shots 11-15 are worth 2 points
- Shots 16-20 are worth 3 points
- Shots 21-24 are worth 4 points
- Shot 25 is worth 5 points
- First tie breaker: Most consecutive shots converted
without a miss at any time during the 25 free throw
- Second tie breaker: Bonus basketballs. If there is still a
tie shots 5, 10 and 15 will count as double points.
- Third tie breaker: In the event that the two competitors
are still tied there will be a shoot off.
OFFICIAL RESULTS: A member of the basketball staff or
athletic department staff will be responsible for keeping
track of all attempted shots.
SCHEDULE: Each round of the competition will take
place over the course of a two-week window. This will
provide a lot of flexibility for participating coaches.
First Round: November
Second Round: December
Round of 16: January
Round of 8: February
National Semi-Finals: March
Free Throw Final: March
CHAMPIONS: The Free Throw Champions would be
recognized as part of the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Awards
Banquet in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball
EVENT LOGO: Shots
from the Heart