Trusting the process and trusting each other will be the keys to putting an 0-22 record last season in the rear view mirror, said first-year Oberlin Phoenix girls basketball coach Brian Kelley.
He takes over at the helm after last coaching Amherst’s junior varsity boys squad from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, he led Lorain Catholic’s and Amherst’s girls varsity and Columbia’s boys varsity teams.
“The biggest thing from everybody’s standpoint is learning how to play together and buying into the system,” he said. “It takes time to learn how to play the right way and to learn how to do that together for players and coaches.”
The Phoenix will return four letter winners from last season: Aszure Chamberlin and Marcala Moore, both seniors, and juniors Cameron Payne and Kiah Fields.
Chamberlin led the offensive last year with 8.5 points per game followed by Moore’s 8.0.
“When I began to gather information about last season and watched this team play, I saw that there is talent,” said Kelley. “It’s just a matter of believing in themselves and continuing to gel and learn about each other’s tendencies. Anyone can see there’s good basketball players here.”
Step one in the process will be the season opener Nov. 28 at home against Lincoln West.
“It’d be nice to get a win and get that behind the girls,” he said. “Getting better every day is and will continue to be our goal throughout this entire season. We need to be better at the end of practice than at the beginning of practice. We need to be better today than we were the day before. Once we all take care of that, many other things will fall into place.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.