Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
A pretty amazing season ended tonight with a 72-55 loss to New Millenium. My guys scrapped, but at some point talent wins out. What a year.
Congrats on the great season.
Now in HS basketball, would stuff like a larger or more well funded high school suddenly contact you to hire you? Or is it where coaches tend to stay with their school?
Thanks for the kind words, guys. It was a helluva ride.
Yes, there's a possibility that another school would contact me. Just like anything else, it's a matter of reputation and relationships. This was really my first year of being "out there" as a coach, in that we played multiple tournaments over the summer and fall, and now a good portion of the coaches in our division at least know who I am now.
A year ago, I was very much in love with the idea of staying at this school for 20 years and building it into a powerhouse, but now I'm a bit more aware of the different elements that are required to achieve that, and some of them are out of my control. There is very little support or enthusiasm from the administration, and even amidst our run this year it was a great source of frustration. I'll spare you all of the details, but to give you two small examples, our games are at 4pm because no administrator wants to stick around (so very few parents can make it), and I still don't have keys to the gym after they changed the locks 6 months ago, because I'm so low on the priority list.
I've fought much bigger battles with them over the course of the year, but I think those two things are the most indicative of their mentality. It's frustrating. These kids deserve better than that. The school fancies itself as an academic institution rather than a sport's one, but they behave as though those things are mutually exclusive. Especially in the area that I'm in, stuff like basketball can help create decent citizens out of kids that are mentally checked out in the classroom and don't care anymore.
Anyway...I think I need one more year here, and I then I'll look for a bigger program...or at least a more supportive one.