Sports are outlets for fun and exercise as much as they are vessels for teaching some of life’s most important lessons. Basketball, especially, has a lot to offer young players in the way of navigating adulthood. For example, in basketball as it is in life, one really does miss 100% of shots not taken. Likewise, learning when to “pass the ball” and how to make smart, quick decisions will serve players well during moments of adversity. A good coach can lead a team to victory by points on a scoreboard; a great coach imparts wisdom on his players, rendering them victorious for life. What follows are profiles of some of the area’s most passionate high school basketball coaches featured alongside alumni players – young gentlemen who have taken lessons from their former coaches and applied them to life beyond the court.
By Olivia Halverson