Meeting your team for the first time isn’t easy. Replacing a legend makes it tougher.
Retired basketball coach Don Stewart swept in to make it easier, giving Ryan Bowen his first Lely T-shirt and ball cap. Then, with quick remarks in support, Stewart was gone.
Bowen told the potential varsity team members he won’t stress his style as much as developing play by making use of their talents. He did say, however, that defense comes first.
“You never have a bad shooting night on defense,” he said. “Good defense helps the offense.”
Each perspective player received an orange T-shirt with black lettering, Lely’s colors.
On the back of the T-shirt were hopeful Lely Facts, or recipe toward success.
Each shirt said the serving was one athlete. Calories burned per hour in the range of 580.
His percent of daily values:
Practice free throws, in the 100s.
Complains about hard practice, 0.
Defensive slide drills, 1,000s.
Emphasis on Me, 0.
Emphasis on Team, 100 percent.
Desire to quit when going gets tough, 0.
The percent of daily values, based on how they preform in the 2009-2010 season.
He also said that if his team members had interests in playing college basketball he would help them achieve the goal if they were college material.
Bowen introduced Garth Carter, who has worked with Bowen in AAU basketball and was assistant JV coach to Bowen for two years at Golden Gate.
This is Bowen’s first varsity head coaching job. While JV coach Kim Francisco is not returning, Bowen hasn’t determined how Carter will be used.
Lely starters, and keys to the next season, are Christian Tateo and Zach Hornsby. Each has played for Bowen in summer AAU competition.
“He is a good coach, just what we need,” Hornsby said. “We’ll push the ball up the court, most likely playing a fast tempo.”