Chad Songy first attended a PGC Basketball session as a high school athlete in 2002, and has been applying PGC’s concepts and principles to his life and his basketball game for nearly a decade.
Chad was truly an efficient and versatile point guard at Millsaps College, where he is ranked in that school’s record books in several categories: fourth in assists, fourth in three-point field goals made, and third in both free-throw percentage (.836) and three-point field-goal percentage (.409). He was a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) All-Conference player and a 2009 Nominee for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, given to the best male point guard throughout all NCAA Divisions.
As a 5’8 point guard, Chad was sometimes physically outmatched, but rarely outsmarted. The exceptional leadership skills that Chad developed at PGC helped him to succeed as the starting point guard on Millsaps College’s most successful team in both school and conference history. The 2007-2008 Majors finished the season 28-4, losing to the eventual Division III national champions in the Elite Eight after Chad kept their magical season alive by hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to help his school reach the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen.
Chad’s pursuit for excellence has never been confined solely to the basketball court. A Magna Cum Laude graduate with a double major in Economics and Business Administration, he was selected twice by ESPN: The Magazine as an Academic-All Region Selection. Chad also co-founded and co-directs Cometry, a presentation for high schools and colleges that fuses comedy and poetry together into a dynamic, inspirational, and thought-provoking message for students.
Chad is a Point Guard College course Director on the PGC tour.
What They're Saying About Chad
“Chad made such a difference in my daughter's attitude. She absolutely loved PGC. There hasn’t been anyone that could inspire her, motivate her, or even push her to do anything. But Chad was able to motivate and inspire her. She wished that PGC was a month long and wants to go back next year. Thank you for not only making this experience for my daughter truly memorable.”
— Mercedes Delano, Parent of PGC Grad
“My son, Grayson, attended the PGC Shooting College this past weekend with Chad. Grayson was so excited about what he learned that he read his notes to me at dinner the first night back home. PGC taught Grayson how to THINK and to THINK differently. While watching him play recently, I realized I was watching a WILD Animal. He wasn't the ZOO animal any longer. Chad, you gave him permission to be that wild animal. You gave legs to Grayson’s aspiration “to aspire to be a shooter that is not selfish with the ball but knows when to take good shots and which shots to take." Thank you so much! See you next summer!”
— Lorri Williams, Parent of PGC Grad
“WOW, I have so much I want to say in regard to my experience at PGC. I'll begin first with Director Chad Songy. As an educator, I am fully aware how difficult it can be to keep students fully engaged from beginning to end. Chad Songy's approach led me to want to learn more: great real-life stories, funny, inspiring, and an uncanny ability to create and maintain a high-energy environment. Thank you Chad. I've been a NYC HS teacher for 25 years and I will apply the teaching techniques you demonstrated in my classroom to motivate inner city kids to become leaders.”
— Coach Wayne Lippold, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
“Coach Chad, you are the best! You have a serious mindset, but you also know how to have fun. You have an awesome gift. Keep it up!”
—Grace Delehanty, Medina, Ohio
“I just returned from the Point Guard College course. I have been a Varsity coach for 21 years and have heard most of the top NCAA Men's and Women's coaches speak at clinics across the country. I believe without a doubt Chad Songy is the best TEACHER of the game that I've ever listened to speak. He did an excellent job in the classroom and on the court.
—Coach Bill Russell, North Mississippi
“I loved how Chad spoke—it kept me locked in and interested. I don't think I'll ever experience lectures as enjoyable as his this week. Every single thing I learned was useful. This was an incredible experience and everything I learned I'll use for the rest of my life.
—Danielle Sims, Eldorado, Texas
“Coach Chad really impacted me with his determination. We are both small and quick and he taught me some moves. He made me stronger physically and mentally by teaching me that I’ll always be small and I have to keep on pushing.”
— Aubree LaForce, Vermilion, Ohio
“I would like to give a shout-out to Coach Songy. He brings enthusiasm with him wherever he goes. He focuses on each individual and works hard to make everyone better.”
— Dani Knox, Centreville, Virginia
"Thank you so much for my experience at PGC last year. It is one I will treasure for my entire life. PGC taught me that using names creates a special connection and makes people feel appreciated. Ever since PGC, I have tried to learn everyone's name that I come in contact with. PGC makes me feel like a changed person."
— Christine McGrath, PGC Grad
“Coach Chad was there for me. He was so positive, understanding, and empathetic that it was impossible not to absolutely adore him. He has impacted my life in ways that he doesn’t even know about. I can’t thank him enough for his kindness and support.”
— Kaya Shanahan, Seattle, Washington