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Q&A with Alumnus Armand Cartwright

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

By Brad Miller

Features Editor

Armand Cartwright graduated last year from Rochester University. While here, he was a role model in the community as well as a leader on the basketball court. He now serves as the head JV basketball coach for Bloomfield Hills High School. This is his first year as a coach.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job as a basketball coach?

“The most rewarding part about my job is to meet new people. I’m able to help others and learn more about communication.”

Describe how your job has changed in the midst of the pandemic?

“Right now we have to wear masks the whole time, wash our hands every time we have a break, before and after we eat, and anytime we have a chance to do so.”

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

“My older brother influenced me the most. Watching him grow up and start his own business, family, and a strong relationship with God helped me become the man I am today.”

What values motivate you the most?

“The values that motivate me the most are the values that my parents taught me. ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated.’ This quote helped me treat everyone the same as myself.”

What do you do to relieve stress or to have fun?

“Basketball really helps me relieve stress and to have fun. I also like playing chess and reading to just relax my mind.”

What has been the biggest challenge in your life?

“My parent’s divorce was the biggest challenge in my life, and after the divorce, reconnecting with God, which was the best decision of my life.”

What is your favorite family vacation?

“I have only been on one trip with my family and that’s to Disneyland. My favorite part about Disneyland was seeing Mickey Mouse and rollercoasters, of course.”

What is a random fun fact about you?

“Everyone in my family calls me Batman; no one calls me Armand. I used to climb trees in my underwear with a black towel around my neck.”

What is something you want to learn or to get better at?

“Entrepreneurship, investing and franchising.”

What single piece of advice would you give to students today?

“You can always reach your goals throughout life, but it will take sacrifice, leadership, faith and of course, hard work. Life will try to break you down so many times for things you truly want in life. You have to work hard for what you want in life no matter what.”



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