Have you ever had a season that proved to be challenging? How did you overcome it? How did you get your players to push forward?
“In my second season as head coach, we were going 2 and 18. During that year, I started to question everything — all the decisions I was making as a coach. I struggled to keep myself and the team motivated. It made me rethink structure: how to develop the mental and physical skills of players, how JV and Varsity should be set up so that they could become skilled players. I had to find the positives, and a lot of those positives came from my players. That taught me a lot.”
What have your players taught you throughout the years as a coach?
“Don’t take myself too seriously — especially with coming back after the height of the pandemic. To take time to pause and have fun. With this season being the longest season – November to end of March – it’s important to just build in moments of joy.”
What are the things you try to instill in your players?
“Playing basketball at Bulls Prep is a commitment and they earn the right to play by being strong students. Student first. Make sure your grades are right and if that is not done, then they are held accountable for that… We want to make sure they are outstanding players if they get accepted to college as athletes, but also as academic students.”
Do you have a vision or goals for Bulls Basketball in the coming years?
“My goal is to get back to and win a regional championship. I’ve had multiple conversations with kids. We want to compete at Noble, but also want to compete with the top teams in the state. And win.”