We got a chance to ask the Men’s Head Coach James Markham some questions before the 2013/14 season kicks off this weekend.
Now entering your second season as Head Coach, what would you say you learnt the most from last season?
There is no substitute for experience. I learnt more last season than I had in all the previous seasons I coached junior basketball. I feel that if we had more experience both amongst the players and the coaching staff we would have had more success in terms of wins and loses.
How has pre season gone so far?
Pre season has been eventful. It hasn’t gone as smoothly as I would have liked but we have a core group of guys returning from last season who have a good understanding of the offensive and defensive philosophies we are implementing. This is a tremendous advantage as these players act like coaches in many instances helping the new guys before Wayne or I even get a chance to step in.
What should we be expecting to see out on the court from your team this season?
Offensively we will be playing a very unselfish brand of basketball that will incorporate plenty of player and ball movement. Our defense will be stifling and stingy. We will protect the paint, limit our opponent to one shot, and score whenever we can in transition.
You have implemented this season that the junior mens team follow the same stye and philosophy of the Men’s team. Can you talk through why you added this in and the importance it plays on development within the club?
I believe that a club should have an identity that runs throughout all of it’s teams. There are a couple players in the junior team who I believe could make a significant contribution to the senior squad, if they are familiar with the systems we run within the men’s team their transition would be much smoother.
Finally, what are your main goals for the upcoming season?
From everyone at the club and on behalf of the supporters we wish you and the Men’s team a successful season. You can follow Coach Markham on twitter @JamesMarkham1