Feb. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - The Utah State Men's Basketball program is great. It would not be where it is today without the efforts of many former players. Sean Lake is one such player. He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and 5 kids, and works as a Real Estate Attorney. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sean and ask him about his experiences at Utah State and what he's been up to lately.
1. When you think of your time at Utah State University, who is the first person you think of?
I think of Rod Tueller (head basketball coach, 1980-1988). Rod was my first coach and the one who recruited me to Utah State. He stopped coaching when I went on my mission, but he coached me for my first year and then Rod was the Athletic Director after that until 1992.
2. What was your most memorable experience at USU outside of athletics?
Absolutely getting married to another Utah State Aggie from Tremonton, Utah. It was just by far my most memorable experience to get married to her because playing basketball at Utah State allowed me the opportunity to meet my wife. And on top of that, maybe my fondest memory is making my wife a true Aggie.
3. What was your most memorable experience at USU as a student athlete?
Two experiences come to mind: the blue water-bomb and the big fights against UNLV. The first one was at Utah State when UNLV came to play and a student had set a blue water-bomb underneath the visiting team's bench that exploded during the game and drenched everyone with Utah State-colored, blue-dyed water all over the UNLV team.
The next time we played UNLV at their facility a big fight broke out and they called the game after both benches cleared. This was in the olden days back when they didn't suspend and fine people like they do today, but we did get in trouble. But it all broke out while I was shooting a free throw, everybody cleared the bench and everybody was in the fight, fans were coming onto the floor. It was back in the days when UNLV had Larry Johnson, Stacy Augmon, Greg Anthony, Anderson Hunt, all of whom played in the NBA.
4. Since Utah State, what activities have you been involved with in your community or engaged in outside of your career?
I still play a lot of basketball, but also cycling and swimming. I'm very involved in my church and the Boy Scouts of America. I'm on the A New Leaf board, which is the largest social service organization in the Phoenix-Mesa area providing homeless shelters for men, battered women, children and troubled youth.
5. How did your experience at Utah State help prepare you for successes in your career?
I think most importantly, discipline, facing challenges and working hard to overcome those challenges that are presented. Utah State also helped me focus on the important things, including, at the time, basketball and books.
6. What is the most fun you have had in the last five years?
I have five wonderful children and I have been married to my wife for over twenty years now, so it's just going out with my kids. Whether it's to their basketball games and football games or even our camping trips. That's where my focus has been and is right now.
7. When was the last time you were on the USU campus?
Well, I'm actually in Logan today. I'm going to ride in a bike race later from Logan to Jackson Hole, called LOTOJA. Then the plan is to try to make it back up for the USU-BYU football game in the beginning of October.
When I am in town, I try to touch base with the coaches and players, but for the most part I try to call Coach Tueller every time I'm here. I'll see some of the other former players at the basketball games when I come up during the winter.
Sean would love reconnecting with former teammates and friends via email at:
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