“Roles must be learned and achieved,” he said. “As long as a coach can see the team take positive steps in each game, then good things will happen. If we can grasp simple team basketball concepts, then the wins and championships will come.
“The Cadets need to find seven to nine players that are willing to commit to the ideas and beliefs of the team philosophy. These nine players will need to know their roles to benefit the team.”
The Cadets also see the addition of assistant coach Justin Spears, new junior varsity coach Carl Teague, and junior varsity assistant Mason Eduland.
Freshmen Mattie Sappenfield, Angela Couch, and Destany Humpress are the Cadets’ new managers and will run all of the behind the scenes action for Cascade.
With its sixth coaching change in the last 10 years, Bethesda Christian welcomes Justin Cook to the Patriots’ ranks. Cook’s transition should be eased by one factor the Patriots have going for them.
“We have a strong core of players returning from last year,” Cook said. “Malik Roper, Deonte Gates, Patrick McCurry, Alex Vescovi, and Johnny Mlagan all contributed last year, and will be key players again this year. “
Roper averaged nearly 12 ppg and Gates added 8 ppg.
Also aiding the changeover is Cook’s familiarity with the team.
“I have incredible relationships with this group of guys,” he said. “I have run their summer program the last two (years) and spent considerable time with all of them. That strength of relationship has allowed for a smooth coaching transition and has enabled us to make lots of progress right off the bat. Our seniors have done a great job of adapting to new drills and my expectations of them as well, which is rubbing off on everyone in the program.”
Cook went on to explain that the team must work together to achieve their goals.