There’s no better way to tell you how it all got started than to talk about the life and legacy of PGC’s founder,
the legendary Dick DeVenzio.
As a high school and college player (at Duke University), Dick was regarded as the prototypical “coach on the court.” In 10th grade, he was a varsity starter, averaging 20 points a game (even though he was only 5’6″ tall). The next year Dick grew to 5’9” and averaged 30 points per game, and, in his senior year, he led Ambridge High School to an undefeated state championship. That team is still recognized as the best high school team ever to play in Pennsylvania. Dick was named as the best high-school point guard in America by Parade Magazine and went on to earn Academic All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) all-star honors at Duke and to play and coach professionally in Europe and South America.
An English major and lover of literature, Dick authored five books during his lifetime—including STUFF! Good Players Should Know, praised as “the ultimate guide to playing the game the right way” by Larry Brown, the only coach ever to win both NCAA and NBA championships and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Basketball Times (in an article published in 2003) said that STUFF is “esteemed by most players and coaches as a sacred text. It is the Rosetta Stone that unlocks the inner workings of how basketball must be played. Dr. James Naismith, as he relaxes alongside the Apostle Peter, is reading a copy of STUFF. It really is heavenly wisdom.”
Considered by many to be a basketball genius and a gifted writer, Dick’s books continue to influence basketball lovers all over the world and have been translated into several foreign languages.
Dick began running his own summer basketball camps as a college student and then continued to offer sessions every summer until his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 52. The program he was most proud of, however, was the nationally acclaimed Point Guard Basketball College. While Dick’s ingenuity, humor, and creativity will always be missed, the ideas and teaching methods that he created remain at the core of the PGC programs.