|Briggs named Eastwood girls coach|
|Written by By CHAYSE HELD Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Monday, 01 June 2009 12:15|
LUCKEY New Eastwood girls basketball coach Shaun Briggs is hoping his first head coaching position is one he will stay at a while.
Im extremely excited and truly honored to be able to take over a program with the history that Eastwood girls basketball has, Briggs said. I plan on being here for the long run, for a long time.
Briggs steps into the head varsity position for the departed Hans Glandorff, who spent the last two seasons at the head of the Eagles program. Glandorff stepped down from the position following this past season to be able to watch his daughter play basketball at Bowling Green High School where he is a science teacher. His daughter, Haley, will be a freshman at BGHS in the fall.
Glandorff replaced long-time Eastwood coach Jim Grayck, whose teams won 10 Suburban Lakes League titles and played in the Division III state semifinals during his 17-year tenure.
Eastwood struggled the past two seasons, compiling a record of 13-30 overall and 10-18 in the SLL.
The varsity is coming off two losing seasons, so weve really got to get things back rolling the right way with having a winning season and really pounding the fundamentals, Briggs said. Weve got some work to do ... But weve got great girls. They work really hard. Theyre going to buy into our system.
Briggs spent the last two seasons as the junior varsity coach under Glandorff. Before that, he spent four years as the eighth grade coach at Eastwood under Gracyk.
Ive had the luxury of coaching these girls all the way through, said Briggs. Being around the families and the girls, from that standpoint, Im very comfortable. Obviously, stepping into a new role, thats going to be the challenge.
Briggs said he will install a motion offense, replacing the flex style offense of the last two years, and will focus on a man-to-man defense.
The girls seem real excited after talking with them and theyre really ready to get working, Briggs said. Im excited about the summer because thats where were going to put a lot of of our legwork in.
Im willing to change my system every year if I have to if we dont have the girls, he added. Well do whatever it takes for us to be successful.
Eastwood lost six senior letter winners from last season, but could return five juniors from last years roster.
This year, just playing fundamental basketball and doing the little things is going to make us a much better basketball team, Briggs said. The girls have to buy into the system were going to run. Theyve got to be confident in what theyve got to do.
Briggs also said he is focused on developing the Eastwood youth program, looking to get the entire program on the same page.
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