|Coach Keith Haske is my friend and basketball coaching mentor. Keith is currently the head boys varsity coach at Traverse City St. Francis High School (TCSF - in Michigan) and is doing very well there. He was our school principal and head boys coach (and for awhile, girls coach too) in Charlevoix, MI for a number of years before moving to TCSF. Years ago, he took me on as an assistant coach and so I worked with Keith and learned from him for a number of years. Our program was down when he first came to town, but soon we were winning and participated in a number of trips to Michigan State's Breslin Center in state semi-final and final appearances.|
When I first started with Coach Haske, I asked him, "Coach, what do you want me to do?" He answered, "Just learn and teach." Great advice for any assistant coach or aspiring young coach. Just learn the system, and then help teach it. And Keith's system was lots of fun to learn... uptempo, fast on both defense and offense... full-court pressing, fast-breaking, etc. Lots of kids get to play and they love it... boys and girls. Practices are fun and competitive.
(Left to right: Coaches Gels, Haske, and Erskine)