Posted: Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:30AM

Former C of O Bobcat continues teaching Hard Work

What do Branson's Avery Dingman and Sam Pugh have in common with the Ozark High School volleyball team and a girl by the name of Casey Wallace?

Answer:  At some point, Heath Sitton has trained them.

"Seeing them succeed," Sitton said, "that gets me up every day."

Heath was a leader on the College of the Ozarks national championship team in 2006.  He also played professionally in Iceland and Ireland.  But when the game was over, he knew there was something more fullfilling to undertake back in the Ozarks.

"I trained on the side," Sitton said, "went from five kids to 20."

Now Sitton helps 80-kids get better at basketball.  From five in the morning until nine at night - from junior high schoolers to varsity starters.

When the session's over, that doesn't mean the mentoring stops.

"As a trainer, you become more than a rebounder or someone who yells at them," Sitton said.

Sitton's biggest thrill has been being that proud big brother looking on when these student athletes sign to play at the next level.

"I love going to those things," Sitton said.  "Seeing them happy.  Hopefully I can go to their college games."

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