December 11th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 50
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Happy Coach
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
As Lisa mentioned in her editorial last week, I am coaching the Grade 7 and 8 “B” boys basketball team this year.

The school approached me and they asked me to coach and while I had never coached before, I felt I still had enough experience and knowledge to teach them.

I started playing basketball in grade 5, which was the earliest I could.

I was always the tallest player on my team, which meant I always played the same position.

I was one of two guys under the basket for my team every time I was on the court.

Over the years, I got a little more coordinated and by the time I was in grade 12, was starting for the senior varsity team.
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In grade 11, I was still on the junior varsity team, which allowed me to get as much playing time as possible and helped me develop my skills and knowledge of the game.

That year, the senior varsity team made it to provincials and while I wasn’t on the team as a player, my coach asked me to be part of the team and help keep stats and grab water for the guys who needed it.

I genuinely loved that I was asked to be part of the team in this way because it gave me a front row seat to watching what it would take to win a provincial title at that level.

My team won and I received a gold medal as part of the team.

The following year, I was now a starter on the senior varsity squad and helped my team to another provincial championship game.

This time meant more to me simply because I was on the court physically helping our team win games.
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In the Championship game against Stirling High School, my team was up by one with just a couple seconds left to go.

Stirling had possession and inbounded the ball and put up a shot just before the horn sounded and it went in meaning we had lost by 1 point, 85-84.

While it took a bit of time to get over that loss, looking back, that silver medal means more to me than the gold does because I was more involved in that achievement.

Now as a coach, I get to try and relay that knowledge I collected to a new generation of basketball players.

While I’m still working out the kinks of how to coach these young men, I know that we’re all having fun.

It will continue to be a learning process for me and for them but as long as we enjoy the season together, I’ll finish the year as a happy coach.
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