Let me preface this by saying I'm happy for Joe Dooley. I think he's a great hire for FGCU. But...
I went to elementary school with Joe. We were in the same grade and in the same class in multiple years. He eventually went to private catholic school, I believe, at some point before middle school...but I can tell you that his roots were in West Orange...not Orange.
I'm sure he understands the diversity of Orange and/or Newark, although I'm not sure that makes him more likely to be a good basketball coach...but that is the premise of its inclusion in the article.
But I can tell you that at Gregory Elementary School in West Orange...we didn't have anything like the population he might have encountered later on. The playground was a safe environment.
Why is this relavent? Maybe it's not...but it kind of bothers me that it says he grew up in this "hard life" atmosphere. Maybe he did...but West Orange was a very pleasant place (I moved away from there myself after 8th grade). I sense the writer jumped on his environment later on and extrapolated to say he grew up in a tough place all along. And maybe his family had it tough, even in the homogenous (sp?) West Orange.
Seems like this is a case of the media making the news. Which is not suprising in today's day and age.
Good luck to Joe in any case. Great to see him doing well. Thought I'd just throw a little clarification into the discussion.