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Undefeated coach
We’re pretty sure UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has little to worry about, but who knows, given RIT president Bill Destler’s reputation for innovation.
 
Bill added another line to his resume on Feb. 3: basketball coach. He served as a special guest coach for the RIT women’s basketball team during a game against defending Liberty League champion Clarkson University at Clark Gym.
 
Bill, who is slated to retire in June after serving as president since 2007, joined the Tigers in their pregame preparations and sat on the bench along with head coach Amy Reed and her assistant coaches Ralph Damerell and Mike Maiorano.
 
“I’ve always been an ardent follower of RIT basketball. When Coach Reed approached me with this opportunity to serve as a guest coach, I could not resist because of my passion for the game and Tiger athletics,” he says. 
 
Bill had a simple plan for his coaching debut: Support the team and stay out of the way of the coaches and players.
His encouragement included some yells such as “there you go” and a bunch of raucous “yes!” cheers.
 
“Dr. Destler has been a great supporter for both basketball programs and RIT Athletics as a whole,” says Reed, who earned her 100th career win at the university on Jan. 20—and is the first RIT women’s basketball coach to reach the milestone. “This is a great way to say thank you for all he has done for us.”
 
With Bill on the sidelines, RIT topped Clarkson, 78-66. The victory put him just about a hundred wins behind Coach Reed at RIT. He did note, however, in a post-game interview, “I am undefeated now as a women’s basketball coach.”
 
“It’s wonderful,” he said after the game. “And of course, we came away with a big win, not thanks to me.”
Clips of Bill patrolling the sidelines are available on YouTube. 
 
Smart cities
Rochester did not make it to the top seven in the Intelligent Community Forum’s Intelligent Community of the Year competition. As reported in the Loop this month, Rochester was one of the SMART21 class.
 
The organization announced the final seven on Feb. 9 in Taipei, Taiwan. The winner is slated to be announced at the Intelligent Community Summit and Awards Dinner in New York City on June 8.
 
It will be based on a second round of analysis, site visits by ICF’s co-founders and the votes of an international jury. 
 
The top seven are: Chiayi City, Taiwan; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Grey County, Ontario, Canada; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Moscow; and Taoyuan, Taiwan.
 
Send tips, rumors, inside information or strange tales for the Loop to Managing Editor Mike Dickinson at [email protected]t. 

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