Coleman looks to build championship culture at Summer Creek
Kenneth Coleman remembers playing Summer Creek last season in the first game of the regular season as the head coach of Port Arthur Memorial.
Coleman could see the potential in the Bulldogs throughout the game.
“I knew that they had some talent just by watching them in that first game,” Coleman said. “I think this is a gold mine, and you just have to establish a culture of excellence. We want hard working kids that come every day and want to get better.”
Coleman and the Bulldogs began practice on Oct. 24 at the Bulldogs gym to prepare for the season.
Practice so far have been physical and demanding for the Bulldogs, he said.
You would expect that from Coleman, who won a Class 5A state championship last season with Port Arthur Memorial. Coleman also won a state championship with North Shore as an assistant coach.
He is looking to bring a winning tradition to Summer Creek, who didn’t make the playoffs last season.
“Our expectations are to be state champions have the best program in the state,” Coleman said. “If you go into any season not thinking you want to win a state championship or anything less, you have the wrong goals.”
This season the Bulldogs will look to get up and down the court fast and apply pressure.
A Coleman basketball team will never take its foot of the pedal on the basketball court, he said.
“I like to call it controlled chaos,” Coleman said. We’re going to be a tenacious team that never has the desire to quit. We’re going to be a hard working team, that’s fundamentally sound. We’re going to go up and down the court. I don’t like to play zone so there’s going to be a lot of man and press. We’re going to get after it.”
Coleman said it starts with mentally believing a state title is in the cards. Coleman asked the Bulldogs to write on a note card what they wanted to accomplish this season.
One thing that the majority of the Bulldogs said they wanted out of this season was a state championship.
“I wanted them to write it down so that during the season I could tell them what they wanted out of themselves,” Coleman said. “Some put a state championship, all-state player and some even put being a better man, which I thought was even more impressive. We want to make sure that we’re making future great men in this program.”
The Bulldogs will open the season on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against Ridge Point at Bulldog gym.
Coleman would like to see Summer Creek develop its chemistry before district play starts.
“I just don’t want to see any quit in them,” Coleman said. “I want them to play hard on the court and play with great effort. We have a long way to go, but I want to see the fight in my team.”