WHS athletics program seeks coaching staff

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The Winters High School athletics program is seeking coaching staff to fill in some key roles for its upcoming sports season.

The men’s varsity basketball coach is looking for help for this fall. Head coach Brendan McShea said he is seeking an assistant coach to help with team-related tasks including running drills at practices and providing feedback from games.

“Assistant coaches are important because they allow players to get more out of practice by having more instruction and more people there to help them improve. They are vital during games to be another voice on the bench and in the locker room,” McShea said on why an assistant coach is vital to the team.

According to McShea, an assistant coach serves as an active member of the coaching staff by tracking stats during games, and is involved in scouting and watching films of the team to better prepare the athletes for future games. The role communicates themes and concepts decided on by the coaching staff and helps to foster a positive team culture.

“And, most importantly, having more than one voice providing positive messages to the players allows for a better experience for the players on the team,” McShea said.

McShea noted the first day of practice is Nov. 14 and his need to fill the position sooner than later is urgent.

“This is a volunteer position with a chance for a stipend, based on fundraising,” McShea said.

The assistant coach must be available on nights and weekends from November through February. McShea said while coaching experience is not necessary, it’s a plus. The applicant should also have basic knowledge of basketball terms and rules, and have a positive outlook and focus on helping students grow and succeed.

“I have been a college assistant basketball coach for 12 years and can provide a lot of help if someone is hoping to get into coaching, and I am open to having anyone in the Winters community who wants to be a part of the program to reach out if they are interested,” McShea said.

For more information on the role or to apply, reach out to McShea at wintershoops@gmail.com.

Daniel Ward, WHS Athletics Director, said he is also looking to fill roles for both the junior varsity and varsity softball teams, and an assistant coach for the track and field team for the spring sports season.

According to Ward, all paid and volunteer coaches need to fulfill detailed coaching certifications aligned through the CIF Coaching Education Program. The certifications cover concussions, sudden cardiac arrest, heat acclimatization, first aid and CPR, as well as a Fundamentals of Coaching course.

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