[Originally published on NBA.COM, as part of its ‘Local Heroes’ series, around June 2017.] Coach (noun): An instructor or trainer in sport. The Oxford dictionary is impassive. It fails to capture the full gamut of emotion this seemingly innocuous five letter word can evoke. As sportspersons, we all know the value a coach holds in our development. A coach’s importance and duties go beyond just the usual instructing and training of a budding athlete. “Amarjeet (Singh) sir is my idol. His demeanour and grace inspired me to become a coach as well,” says 29-year-old Vibhor Bhriguvanshi over phone from Varanasi. The “Amarjeet sir” he refers to is none other than the famous Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach who revolutionised grassroots basketball in the ancient city of Varanasi, churning out international level talents like Trideep Rai, the ‘Singh Sisters’ and a certain other Bhriguvanshi whom Vibhor knows only too well.