With the 2011-12 basketball season now underway, Pine Manor senior point guard Phibe Pham is the focus of the Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Name: Phibe Pham
Hometown: Boston, MA
Why did you come to PMC?
I was initially recruited as a tri-sport athlete in soccer, softball, and of course basketball. The diversity of the student-athletes on campus compelled me to join the Gators' athletic program. It has been one of the best decisions of my life.
Most memorable moment?
Last season my older brother, Man Pham, tragically passed away. The weeks leading up to the event of his demise was excruciating. From religious rituals and funeral arrangements, it was a depressing time. But despite all of this, basketball was there for me, and more importantly, my basketball team and the coaching staff was there for me. They showed me that in times of adversity, it is imperative that every individual has a support system, and the Pine Manor Basketball team was my support system. It meant so much to me that they were there.
What do you do outside of sports?
I like watching different tv series like; Entourage, Criminal Minds, and others. I also work out incessantly. I'm in the gym upwards of five days a week. I also love spending time with my family, my boyfriend, and my two dogs.
Do you plan on playing or coaching after graduating?
Yes, to both. I am the athletic director of a travel basketball club called MASAE Hoops. We travel North America playing in AAU-esque tournaments. Locations vary from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and more. We have a women's team which I play for and a girls youth team which I coach. If the opportunity presents itself for me to coach with schools I would be more than open to try it.
What do you like most about basketball?
Basketball is known as the thinking man's game. Albeit athleticism and talent are great, they are luxuries that not everyone is blessed with. To compete at the maximum potential of each team, there has to be a level of cohesiveness and effort that compensates for any weakness. "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" so on any given day any team can win as long as there is confidence, effort, and resilience. The camaraderie of the team I'm on now is at an all time high and these players that start off only sharing the same uniform as you in the beginning end up becoming family to you in the end. Basketball is a beautiful part of my life.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to have received my masters and teaching in the Boston Public Schools and hopefully coaching and mentoring youth.
Mon, December 5, 2011
by Sports Information