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From the New York Post, 12/26/07

Art Rondeau's skills have been recognized by not only the clients themselves, but local and national media as well.
ESPN Television
WJAR-TV (NBC-Providence)
GameNight (ESPN Radio)
ESPN The Magazine (ESPN Radio)
The NBA Today on ESPN Radio
WSKO-AM/FM (Providence)
New York Post
Bergen (NJ) Record
Pawtucket (RI) Times

Providence College basketball:
“Maris Laksa, one of our best pure shooters, was in a slump.  After his first session with Art, his slump was over.” - Bob Walsh, Providence assistant coach 1999-2006 (presently head coach at Rhode Island College, NCAA tournament participants 2007, '08, '09).
ESPN Television (2/18/99):
"Last year, Matt Watts was a 40% free throw shooter...He's now hit 25 out of 28 in WAC play, so the influence of Art Rondeau has done him a lot of good." - Bob Carpenter, play-by-play announcer, ESPN's Big Monday (#17 New Mexico @ San Diego State).
Pawtucket Times (12/17/02):
"Rondeau had developed a reputation for helping out free throw shooters after turning Smith from a 59 percent to an 80 percent foul shooter in about two weeks, then helping Simpkins and Smith improve their shooting from the charity stripe to about 75 percent, including key shots in upsets over Boston College and Georgetown in 1993.  PC Coach Rick Barnes wrote Rondeau a glowing letter of recommendation at the time."
Bergen Record (6/5/99):

"I think a lot of comedy writers are going to be getting some work now, because people are going to have to find something else to laugh about," Art Rondeau said Friday, just after leaving the practice court at Purchase College with Dudley. Rondeau is a 43-year-old computer consultant out of San Diego who, until last summer when he connected with Dudley, had been searching for a lost cause free-throw shooter to validate the theories bouncing around his brain.


He had worked with a few college players over the years, turning a 59 percent shooter into the Western Athletic Conference free throw champion in 1999. Over time, Dudley has witnessed an endless parade of gurus promising to remedy his 46 percent career free-throw shooting - prescribing everything from underhand tosses to the occult.


One day, Rondeau chased him down at a La Jolla, Calif., health club, preached his philosophies of proper balance and release, and Dudley was so intrigued with the ideas, he was willing to work with this perfect stranger.


"He's been good for me," Dudley said. As always, he's much more comfortable working on his free throw troubles than discussing them. After Dudley missed five of eight to start the season, Rondeau could see on television that Dudley was reverting to his old problems. He called him, shared his thoughts, and soon started the best run of Dudley's NBA career.


Almost immediately, Dudley connected on nine consecutive free throws. It was a snail's streak, strung together in mid-March across several games, but it was uncharted territory for Dudley."


Bergen Record (3/19/99):


"Chris Dudley, who once missed 19 free throws in a row, made 4-of-4 in Thursday's 86-78 loss to the Magic to extend his made streak to nine. Having worked with another shooting coach, Art Rondeau, during the summer, Dudley is shooting without a hitch in his stroke and says he feels good. "I feel confident up there. I feel comfortable."


New York Post (4/99):


"What's not giving the Knicks problems is Chris Dudley's foul shooting. The Knicks' backup center has made nine straight free throws and 12 of 18 for the season.


"It's something I worked on this summer," he said. "It's getting more and more comfortable."


Dudley worked with Art Rondeau, a free-throw shooting coach, during the summer in San Diego."

Rondeau letter from Rick Barnes

"Art's knowledge of the problems that big men have when shooting free throws is extensive...The improvement in free throw shooting directly contributed to two of our four upsets of Top 25 ranked teams..."
Recommendation letter from Rick Barnes, while at Providence.
Barnes is currently head coach at The University of Texas.

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