CHS Basketball Coach Brook Cupps

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

We miss 100% of the shots we do not take.  When we hear Your call to work together to formulate ways to assist others, help us to remember, that even though some of our shots may be air balls, we should continue to press on.  We never know when one of our ideas will be a slam dunk.



Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags chair, announced that in less than 30 days the first round of flags will be delivered for Memorial Day using 160 helpers. Next week, the flag checkup process will occur using 90 CNO volunteers. Please reach out to Tom if you can check the inground sleeves to make sure they are uncovered and straight. This process is very important to make the delivery day installations efficient for all but especially new delivery helpers, many of whom are not CNO members.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said the committee is hard at work. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day.

Greg Fay, chair of CNO 2.0, announced that there will be an in-person CNO 2.0 meeting in June 2021.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Brook Cupps, Head Coach of CHS Boys Basketball

Mike Bevis introduced Brook Cupps, the Head Coach of Boys Basketball at CHS and the 2021 Ohio Division I High School basketball tournament champions. Cupps is in his 9th year of coaching and teaching at CHS. He earned his undergrad degree from Capitol University and his masters from the University of Dayton.

Cupps’ personal statement of values he lives by and instills in his players is, “Tough, Passionate, Unified and Thankful.”

The coaches work on instilling core values in the team. Cupps has attended coaching clinics to learn how to be a better coach. He wants the players to leave with great values even when they do not win. One of the best compliments Cupps said he can receive is when someone can tell by watching his team play that they are following core values. Even when faced with losing, players keep it together, keep trying and keep overcoming. They play as a team and the players know the old Chinese proverb, “When you drink the water, don’t forget who helped you dig the well.”

This season CHS had a really special group of kids. Team members bought in to really doing their job. They talk about how the guys that score and get rebounds are no more important than the guys on the bench cheering. The player’s mentality was very important in obtaining wins this season. There were 5 seniors on the team and 3 of them did not get much court time. This is a hard sell to most kids. Those 3 worked hard and were the backbone of the team. There is a bible verse that reflects this team concept, 1 Corinthians 12:21, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’”

Cupps uses the quote from Rudyard Kipling, “The strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf.”

Since he started coaching Cupps said, “Each year the team has gotten a little bit better and the community has been very supportive.”

Leadership Philosophy

He teaches two types of leadership classes at the school. The classes are Foundational Leadership which is leading yourself and Transformation Leadership which is leading others. You need to learn how to lead yourself before you can lead others. Sometimes leaders receive too much credit. A great leader also needs followers who listen and care about what is going on and want to achieve common goals. He shares values with the team that are more important than basketball. He defines personal success as always doing your best and continually trying to improve. It is not about being the best, it is about trying the most you can and improving at the best of your ability.

Cupps Parents

His mother was a bus driver and his father was a teacher. His parents gave him his core values, including serving the community. His mother would quiz kids on their spelling words while waiting for kids to board her bus. The leader of a group needs to share and spread core values.

Thank You

Thank you, Brook Cupps, for discussing your coaching philosophy with CNO today. Congratulations to the team and you for being the Ohio Division I High School Basketball Champions for 2021.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Brook CuppsToday’s Speaker, CHS teacher and head boys basketball coach of the winning team of the Ohio Division I 2021 tournament.

Happy Bucks

Tom NovakThanks to the Avenue of Flags renewal team of Mike Brubaker, Bob & Carol Burkman, Ken Irwin, Karen Sirmans, Evelyn Griffin, Dick Lee, and Diane Arehart
Tom NovakHis wife Paulette received a beautiful bouqet of flowers from the CNO Sunshine Committee today. She has had two recent surgeries.
Debe DockinsHer parents are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Charlie TappMay15/1/197843
Joe MaddenMay15/1/198239
Tim StullMay15/1/198734


Jeff BuschApril 29
Ray HussApril 29
Brandon BarrettApril 30
Lynne ReillyMay 1
Dawayne KirkmanMay 2

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. Sergeants RETURN (in person) next week!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

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