Living on someone else’s rep: Are Flint area coaches slacking?

Posted: June 10, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

One half of the report on last weekend’s GLH-sponsored coaching symposium in the Flint Journal was cutting, to say the least. The reporter, Patrick Hayes, took note of the absence of local Flint and Genesee County coaches at the event. Patrick Hayes is a legit basketball writer, unlike so many pretenders in this state who only care about glad-handing big-name players. Hayes cares about the game and about the city that once had a national reputation for high-quality hoops.

Of the symposium, Hayes wrote in the Flint Journal:

Coaches from the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Thumb and Northern Michigan areas all showed up, listened and interacted with the four coaches who presented. Notably absent though? Coaches from Genesee County. Other than Flint Northern assistant Marcellus Miller, not a single coach in the county (other than assistants at Swartz Creek, Grand Blanc and Beecher) showed up.

Everyone knows that coaches are busy people, but at worst, it was the chance to come out and try and steal some strategy from a coach like Trent, who won a league title in his first year with a Swartz Creek team that finished in the middle of the pack in the Metro League a year ago, or a coach like Williams, whose defensive system is the best in the area.

I mean, if Brighton’s coaching staff, which is Grand Blanc’s biggest rival in the KLAA, can show up (and they did show up), why can’t a single coach from a local school come and participate?

Last time I checked, few coaches at any level boast the pedigree of Schmidt, who has three national titles to his name at Mott. Listening to him speak and run drills for an hour would certainly benefit any high school coach in the area.

Flint area basketball, deservedly, has a great reputation nationally with the talent that has been produced over the years. But unfortunately, many have been content to simply live off that reputation for the last handful of years, and if that trend continues, it doesn’t spell great things for the future of Flint area hoops. The only way to get back to those days where high school gyms were selling out, packed with people who wanted to see great basketball, is for coaches to show more initiative, collaboration and support for programs like this one.

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