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Friday on CSN: Inside Look: Gene Pingatore

Friday on CSN: Inside Look: Gene Pingatore

On Friday night, Inside Look premieres at 9:30 p.m. with a profile on legendary St. Joseph's high school head coach Gene Pingatore.

The replay of this edition of Inside Look will also air at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night on CSN right before an all-new edition of High School Lites at 10 p.m. on CSN. 

St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore has won over 1,000 games during his career as he's helped the Chargers capture two state championships during that time. Through it all, Pingatore insists that the most important part of everything was the people involved in everything as he went along.

"It's relationships and all the people that helped bring about those 1,000 wins," Pingatore said.

"All the people involved. When you talk players and all the coaches, even administrators. You look back and great memories."

While Pingatore is famous for producing talented players like Isiah Thomas, Evan Turner and recent players like Glynn Watson and Nick Rakocevic. But he's also happy about his other players who have moved on to do other things outside of basketball.

"It's the thrill of putting together the group and becoming a family and sending them to the next level," Pingatore said. "Watching them perform or become the doctors and the lawyers and whatever, that's what it's all at, that's what it's all about. There's no pressure to win." 

Listening to basketball philosophy from a coach with 1,000 wins would probably be wise and Pingatore has advice about one thing: always making sure a team at any level has a point guard.

"I feel, and it doesn't matter what level. Pro, college, high school. To be successful, you need a point guard. I feel if you have point guards you'll really be competitive," Pingatore said.

You can hear Pingatore go more in-depth on each of these subjects and more during Inside Look. 


High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?


High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?

Excellent teams. Tradition. Locality. Fan base animosity.

They’re the cornerstones of what make a great high school football rivalry. In this edition of CSN Chicago’s High School Lites podcast, Joe Collins, Jared Storck and “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran dive into this topic and discuss which ones stand out above the rest in Illinois.

The panel also breaks down the newly-released IHSA playoff outlook and discuss the early candidates for offensive player of the year. They’ll also look ahead to Friday’s matchups, which feature several teams jostling for playoff position.

Listen to the High School Lites Podcast below:

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.

"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."

The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.

Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece. 

Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area. 

A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.