CHARLOTTESVILLE — Athletic success is nothing new for Eastern Hancock High School’s Aaron Spaulding.
The men’s basketball coach and school’s athletic director comes from a long history of basketball success stories. Growing up in Indiana, Spaulding aspired from an early age to appreciate and love the state’s favorite sport.
“My dad is kind of a sports nut,” Spaulding said. “If a game was on, he was always one to have me watch it.”
Spaulding’s dad, Bob, who keeps the scorebook at the Royals’ basketball games, may have had more of an impact on his son’s career than he could have known at the time.
It’s a learned passion that has allowed Spaulding to persevere this winter during a season that could match his worst in 14 seasons as head coach.
After a rewarding high school stint at Warren Central High School, where Spaulding played alongside future All-American and NBA player Greg Graham and several other future professional athletes, he moved on to play at the collegiate level at Olivet Nazarene University.
It was at Olivet where Spaulding made his transition from athlete to coach.