New father-son coaching duo ready to work hard
It was immediately apparent from the beginning of a practice inside the White Pine High School gymnasium on Monday that first year head coach Charlie Hall wanted to set a standard for his team. After finishing a few warm-ups and stretches, Hall huddled his players together for a team meeting.
Just then, a couple of athletes ran out of the locker room and joined the huddle. They were eight minutes late. That earned the team an extra eight laps on top of the 30 they already had to do around the gym.
To Hall, it wasn’t so much a punishment as it was a lesson in accountability.
“Accountability is important to me. It’s my job to make sure these guys stay accountable, not just on the court, but in the classroom as well. I want to make sure that they aren’t letting their teammates down,” Hall said.
The coach would know something about what it means to be accountable to his teammates. He played for the Bobcat basketball team in his high school years. His dad, Assistant Coach Dean Hall did the same. In their time, playing varsity basketball as a Bobcat was something to be proud of. Now as a coach, he wants to instill that same level of pride in his players.
“I grew up here. I played on the first team that opened this gym up. My dad also played here, so being a Bobcat means something to us,” Hall said.
To do that, he said, they have to win games. And to win games, the team needs to be in shape.
Hence all the running.
“I think it is important to be physically fit,” the coach continued. “Us coaches decided that we want to use our elevation to our advantage. So we are going to be running.”
Once the team completed their final lap around the gym, multi-sport athlete J. J. Fikes said something that coach Dean Hall liked.
“Repeat that so the whole team can hear it,” Hall said to Fikes.
“I want to be the best track team in basketball,” the student athlete responded.
To the elder Hall, the statement echoed the kind of work ethic that he is looking to get out of the team this season.
“I want these kids to be proud of their school,” he said. “What a wonderful thing it is to be a Bobcat. We want to be tough here, especially at home.”
The coaches are looking to senior guard Chris Young to help bring that toughness and experience to the team. Head coach Hall said that Young exemplifies the kind of athlete that they want to have on their team. After winning the state championship in golf last school year, Hall said that he knows Young knows the kind of hard work it takes to win big.
“I try to push myself 100 percent each time I’m on this court,” Young said. “I’m pretty honored by their trust in me and I just want to set an example for hard work.”
The Bobcats will get their first opportunity to play as a team when they head to Truckee Thursday to play in a weekend-long preseason tournament against Truckee and Pershing County. The Bobcat’s first official game of the new season will take place on Dec. 12 at Mountain View Christian School in Las