History Of Rockford Lightning With Chris Daleo
Here’s a Rockford Lightning history lesson with former head coach, Chris Daleo.
If you’re not familiar with the Rockford Lightning, they were a minor league basketball team that played in the CBA from 1986-2006.
When I came to Rockford in the early nineties, going to a Rockford Lightning game at the Metrocentre was the thing to do in town on a Saturday night.
The games were fun. They had a great combination of basketball, promotions, and of course, the Lightning Girls.
Chris Daleo was the head coach from 2002-2006. He has the highest winning percentage for a head coach in Rockford Lightning history.
Though our paths had crossed earlier, I really met Daleo before the 2004 season. We hit off right away and became instant friends.
From 2004-2006, we did a lot together. He was on my radio show all the time for interviews along with a bunch of their players. I also did a bunch of promotions with team. I went to tons of games, usually sitting court side. There’s nothing like sitting in the “Jack Nicholson” seats for a basketball game.
He even signed me to a one game contract. I got the suit up with the team, go through warm-ups, and get announced during introductions. Definitely, a highlight on my radio career.
Unfortunately in 2006, the team folded. I still stayed in touch with Chris through the years. He still lives in the area. We even got to hang out together again for a bit, when he worked for the Rockford Riverhawks minor league baseball team.
Whenever I need a basketball expert, whether it’s NBA, college, or high school. He’s my go to guy.
My favorite thing about Chris Daleo is he’s never afraid to tell it like it is. He won’t b.s. you. I always thought he was a better interview when the team lost.
He’s stayed involved with basketball since his Rockford Lightning days. He does a lot overseas. This summer he will be coaching in Thailand.
I hope you enjoy my video interview with Chris Daleo and the history of the Rockford Lightning.
Video: Former Rockord Lightning Basketball History Lesson
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