BREWER – For Jamie Russell, Central girls basketball just made sense.
“One was convenience because I’m teaching there and I’ve been there for 30 years. I’ve had a lot of their parents so it’s just very comfortable,” Russell said.
Russell has taught physical education at Central for 30 years. During that time he has also coached boys basketball coach at various programs around the state.
“I’m really excited I think we’re going to go really far this year with him the way he coaches, he’s very into everything very organized with it.” senior Emily Smith said.
But that excitement also comes with a little apprehension.
“I was kinda nervous thinking he was going to be really hard and push us like his boys were. But I think he’s taken things at a good pace, what we’re capable of now and what we will be later,” Smith said.
It’s a unique pairing as Russell comes in with no girls basketball coaching experience and because of that has often looked to his players for guidance early on.
“I ask them a lot of questions about the teams they played, what they did, what they used for press breakers. It’s been good,” Russell said.
With a new coach, the Red Devils have an aura of uncertainty around them. But, Smith was confident and casual when setting expectations.
“Yea I think we’re more than capable of going all the way this year,” Smith said, short and sweet.