Stan Van Gundy has been busy since the Orlando Magic dismissed him in May, becoming a community leader in Seminole County and earning a spot on the Central Florida Zoo's Board of Directors. He begins another endeavor Friday night as an analyst for NBC Sports Network's coverage of the Navy/Marine Corps Classic, a college basketball game pitting the Florida Gators against the Georgetown Hoyas on the U.S.S. Bataan aircraft carrier.
Van Gundy discussed his new career in an interview with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
"I think I bring a different perspective," Van Gundy said when Deitsch asked him about his interest in broadcasting. "I've coached for 30 years at both the college and NBA levels and I enjoy when I listen to coaches in other sports whether its Jon Gruden or Terry Francona. I feel like I learn something from them and I think I can bring the same thing."
Van Gundy is best known for his animated demeanor on the sidelines, which reputation overshadows his brilliance as a coach. He cites the ages of his children when he explains why he's not looking to get back into coaching immediately. "I have a family situation -- I have a kid in college, high school and one in the eighth grade -- so I am not looking to pick up and move them," he said in the SI interview.
In addition to his duties as an analyst, Van Gundy will also serve as a call-in guest for NBC Sports Radio. In 2013, he'll take on an even greater role as a guest host.
The Navy/Marine Corps classic tips off Friday, November 9th, at 9 PM on NBC Sports Network. For more coverage of the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's blog for Florida athletics. For the Georgetown perspective, please visit Casual Hoya, SB Nation's blog for all things Hoya sports.