Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2000

Generally speaking, new coach is making a difference

November 9, 2000

A new coach is bringing a new attitude to the DeSoto High basketball program.

Jason Generally hasnt coached a game yet for the Wildcats. Heck, he hasnt officially held his first practice, but the former Olathe East assistant is making his presence felt.

His first order of business is making his players know that they are important to the community off the court as well as on it.

Beginning this month, members of the basketball team are touring the school districts elementary schools once a week to read with younger students and make a difference.

We feel it is very important to show our communitys youth that our high school athletes are not only good athletes, but scholars as well, Generally said.

Generally is beginning his tenure at DeSoto and is looking to build the DeSoto program into one that will compete for league and state championships for years to come.

One way of doing that is by building from the ground up. Generally is making sure the middle school and elementary school programs are well coached.

Generally will be conducting a winter basketball league for second- to sixth-graders beginning Dec. 9. The first two weeks of the league will be basketball clinics run by the DeSoto High coaching staff and players.

Games will begin the first weekend in January and will run until late February when a tournament will close out the season and crown champions at each grade level.

In the Wildcat Winter League, each team will be coached by two players from the DeSoto junior varsity or varsity teams.

When you involve so many people in the community, thats where it all starts., Generally said. You want these kids looking forward to high school.

In the past, DeSoto children had to venture out of city limits to play organized basketball. That was a problem in itself getting young kids interested in hoops, Generally said.

You like for DeSoto kids to not have to leave DeSoto to play basketball, he said.

Registration forms will be given to all elementary school students Friday. Additional forms are available at the grade school, high school or Lexington Trail Middle School offices. For more information, call Generally at 583-8370.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.