Bearcat Basketball
OMGWTF

United States

#21 Jan 16, 2010
wtf is a bearcat?
Observer

Mountain Home, AR

#22 Jan 16, 2010
Obviously from your posts, you missed the entire point...it wasnt about a degree, it was about how you can get on here and judge someone. If you really cared about the basketball program, you would be supporting not only the team but the coach as well...but hey, your posts have once again shown the Brookland mentality.
Bearcat Fan

Lubbock, TX

#23 Jan 17, 2010
Observer wrote:
Obviously from your posts, you missed the entire point...it wasnt about a degree, it was about how you can get on here and judge someone. If you really cared about the basketball program, you would be supporting not only the team but the coach as well...but hey, your posts have once again shown the Brookland mentality.
Really, then why do you bring up "go to college, get a degree" if that has nothing to do with it????? That was your statement. I did start out supporting the coach, I stood up for him, saying give him a chance, he will make the necessary changes. Unfortunately he isnt making any changes. If a coach doesnt have faith in his teams/boys and tells them they are uncoachable and makes the comments he has "NO" talent then how or why should anyone as well as the team have faith in him as a coach? Maybe you should ask yourself what type of coach makes those comments. If he is truley a good coach then he has to find a way to coach them. He tells the Jr high team they dont know how to play together as a team, which I completely agree with. Playing as a team requires practice's so they learn to come together and play as a team. How many Jr High practices has this coach held, any? From what I understand they have yet to have a practice, even though he has a parent who has agreed to help practice with the Jr high team, so he can focus on the Sr high team. If he as a coach is truley interested in building this program you would think he would take any help anyone has to offer at this point or should I say any support offered. He had plently of people out there who was willing to help and support him as a new coach it just so happens that those numbers seem to be getting less and less. If he wants support then he needs to step up and be a coach and support his team, not going around talking about the lack of talent he has.
Just Someone

Lubbock, TX

#24 Jan 17, 2010
If he wants to build a program he needs to take every opportunity to practice that comes about. Even if it is over the Holiday break, weekends, or any after school opportunities. I would think that if the parents of the kids are really want the team to improve then they would be willing to bring them to any practice. If you have an open gym then invite the kids to come up and at least shoot or whatever they want to do so they are getting some time in the gym. The job of a coach is to be a mentor, and a teacher of the game. You do not mentor by telling the boys they have no talent or no ability to play as a team. You use what they do have and you make a team.
Bearcat

Jonesboro, AR

#25 Jan 18, 2010
Just Someone wrote:
If he wants to build a program he needs to take every opportunity to practice that comes about. Even if it is over the Holiday break, weekends, or any after school opportunities. I would think that if the parents of the kids are really want the team to improve then they would be willing to bring them to any practice. If you have an open gym then invite the kids to come up and at least shoot or whatever they want to do so they are getting some time in the gym. The job of a coach is to be a mentor, and a teacher of the game. You do not mentor by telling the boys they have no talent or no ability to play as a team. You use what they do have and you make a team.
In his defense, he did have open gym alot over the summer; however, most of the team didn't bother to show up on a consistent basis. Yet when it came time for games, these same boys who weren't willing to be at the gym early during the summer to practice are playing. If they really cared about the game and team, they would want to practice as much as possible. The coach does not stick by any of his rules, though. It's pretty much do what you want and you can still play. Many of these boys are definitely difficult, but he needs to set his foot down and show them who is in charge even if is means benching his "good" players or even throwing them off the team. Obviously no player is irreplacable or our record would be better. In the long run, it would benefit the program. Not every player on that team is uncoachable. Many of those boys are good kids, whether it be at home, in sports, or as students. Furthermore, does ANY COACH at Brookland care about the academic success of the players? Let's face it, the kids aren't going pro, so the coaches should really be encouraging academic success at all times.
discouraged parent

Houston, TX

#26 Jan 18, 2010
I too supported coach and made excuses in the beginning of him being new. However, I now have doubts on his ability. Not from anyones post of comments but thru words from the kids and thru what i have seen with my own eyes. A degree does not make you a coach and this is his first tenure as a head coach as he has been an assistant until now. If your players, in this case kids, dont believe in you and your abilities, your not a coach. Just becuase you played a sport does not mean you can coach it to others. Now, in his defense, he was doomed before he ever started. The Admin. began dooming the basketball program several years back. From 9th grade down, these kids have only had 1 coach for 1 year that taught fundamentals and he was a volunteer. The current Admin. did away with volunteer coachs and forced a coach to coach. Any coach that accepts this program needs to go back to basics and teach fundamentals and hope for some success within 2-3 years. Only an experienced "coach" would recognize this situation. Im not saying he is a bad coach, just an inexperienced one. Thats the fault of the Admin.!!!!!!!!
Bearcat

Jonesboro, AR

#27 Jan 18, 2010
I am tired of hearing there is no talent in Brookland. If you consider each player as an individual, most of them are very capable of shooting, dribbling, and defense. They are not the next NBA stars, but they are capable. However, when they get out there together, they do not come together as a TEAM. They are playing as individuals. One pet peeve of mine is seeing a few players, who get lots of playing time, not even attempt to hustle at defense or offense. They are only worried about THEM taking a shot. This is NOT teamwork. The biggest difference between the boys and the coaches is they are children who are CLAIMING to be professional basketball players nor are they getting paid whereas he is a professional coach with a degree who is getting paid and is supposed to know what he is doing. He did start out well, but this season has just gotten worse as we went. I really do hope he figures things out for both his sake and the players who chose to stick with the program after this year.
discouraged parent

Houston, TX

#28 Jan 18, 2010
BEARCAT, I agree with you 100%. There is talent at brookland. They need the right coach. Im not saying he is or is not the right coach but it is obvious the results are not there and infact have gone negative compared to last year. Players have lost confidence in the coach and that is a big problem. If the players do not buy in to what he is doing, he is SUNK. When coaching kids, it is definately more to it than basketball. There are life lessons to be taught and learned. i dont think he gets that aspect of it. He may know basketball, but if he does not know how to coach kids, he is again SUNK.
whatever

Lubbock, TX

#29 Jan 18, 2010
Both girls teams are going to have better records then both boys teams....proud for the girls...but that is an embarrassment for the boys.
Just Someone

Lubbock, TX

#30 Jan 18, 2010
In defense of the girls record, the girls coaches have worked with their players alot. They hold open gym on weekends and have had a trainer working with them on conditioning, and played alot of ball this summer which also helps. They also have some constructive practices and work on number of offensive plays for different situations. Granted the boys coach had no time to do much this summer but he has on the weekends since. It is never to late to work on the basics of basketball.
zzzzz

Lubbock, TX

#31 Jan 18, 2010
Go Bearcats
guest43

Blytheville, AR

#32 Jan 18, 2010
zzzzz wrote:
Go Bearcats
I don't know how often the coach practices his senior high team, but I have a co-worker whose son plays for Westside and I have a nephew who plays for Kennett, Mo and they both practice AT LEAST 2 hours a day 6 days a week (they didn't practice Christmas Eve or Christmas but practiced the other days over the holiday break.) I've watched the senior high team play three or four times. I saw very little interaction between the coach and the players. Players who respect their coach will play harder than players who don't. However, the coach has to earn that respect and it seems clear to me that this coach has not done that and is not even trying to. Watching him coach is like watching someone who has coached for 40 years and has absolutely no enthusiasm for the game anymore.
hmmm

College Station, TX

#33 Jan 18, 2010
I agree with a lot of the post on here. The boys are struggling this year, however, lets not put all the blame on the coach. From what I am reading on here and from what I have heard around the community, how can you expect the players to respect the coach when all the parents do is talk bad about him? So your son is coming home telling you comments he is making to them, maybe they are true maybe not? Have you asked him yourself? It's really hard for a coach when he has parents running to the school board and administration everytime something happens and they don't agree with it. Have you ever told your child to play your best and respect your coach? I'm just saying Brookland parents DO NOT back their coaches, that's the difference in Brookland basketball and basketball at other schools, everybody in the stands know more than the coach. And for the AAU coaches being better....look over the roster, most of the AAU teams have the best players from different schools, it's easier to coach when you can pick the players from different areas to be on your team.
guest0

Blytheville, AR

#34 Jan 18, 2010
hmmm wrote:
I agree with a lot of the post on here. The boys are struggling this year, however, lets not put all the blame on the coach. From what I am reading on here and from what I have heard around the community, how can you expect the players to respect the coach when all the parents do is talk bad about him? So your son is coming home telling you comments he is making to them, maybe they are true maybe not? Have you asked him yourself? It's really hard for a coach when he has parents running to the school board and administration everytime something happens and they don't agree with it. Have you ever told your child to play your best and respect your coach? I'm just saying Brookland parents DO NOT back their coaches, that's the difference in Brookland basketball and basketball at other schools, everybody in the stands know more than the coach. And for the AAU coaches being better....look over the roster, most of the AAU teams have the best players from different schools, it's easier to coach when you can pick the players from different areas to be on your team.
Here is a fact for you..... you can't win if you don't practice.
whatever

Lubbock, TX

#35 Jan 19, 2010
the fact is...Coach J needs to go back where he came from, Brookland made a bad hire, he is not ready for a head coaching position. But until the Brookland administration decides to get serious about athletics nothing will change..Brookland Basketball will continue to be the laughing stock in NEA
brooky

Blytheville, AR

#36 Jan 19, 2010
whatever wrote:
the fact is...Coach J needs to go back where he came from, Brookland made a bad hire, he is not ready for a head coaching position. But until the Brookland administration decides to get serious about athletics nothing will change..Brookland Basketball will continue to be the laughing stock in NEA
You get what you pay for and it shows. Brookland is one of the few schools in this area that actually has some money. It needs to nut up and pay a good coach a decent wage and get one that will stay more than a year.
Parent

Lubbock, TX

#37 Jan 19, 2010
He is not earning chump change. His salary is on the school website as is every other schools coach.

And (hmmm) it is not the parents don't support the coaches, it is the admin does not hire the correct person for the job and it is hard to make a change if it is not done in the first year of theri employment. Coaches in most cases can't be fired nor can teachers unless you have a REALLY GOOD reason other than their performance record. Guest43 touched on a big part of this problem and that is a lack of interest in doing what needed to be done from the beginning which was alot of practice. The kids where not getting it in previous years and they are not now. Maybe that should have been something that the admin requested of the new coach. And to reply on the AAU coaching comment, you still have to COACH those kids even if they are the better of the players in the area. Coaching is teaching and they do not learn on their own completely.
Bearcat

Jonesboro, AR

#38 Jan 19, 2010
As one of the parents, I have at no time told my son to disrespect his coach and not do as he was told whether he agreed or not. As far as parents talking to him, I was not under the impression that he was receptive to this. He does need to take more of an interest in his team and each player. The coach should be someone they look up to as a mentor. My son likes him outside of basketball; he just doesn't understand some of the decisions he makes. Even though my son is very discouraged, I still with Coach Jacobs the best of luck. I think he is a good person, and I hope he can learn from his mistakes.
Bearcat

Jonesboro, AR

#39 Jan 19, 2010
whatever wrote:
Both girls teams are going to have better records then both boys teams....proud for the girls...but that is an embarrassment for the boys.
This was not a relevant comment. To begin with, you can't compare their records as they do not play the same teams. More importantly, though, the boys and girls support each other and are not in competition to embarrass each other or rub salt in the wounds of the team doing poorly. The boys support the girls (win or lose) and vice versa. As a matter of fact, my son has been telling me about the hard work the girls are putting in this year with their conditioning. It's ok to say you are proud of the girl's team; however, you shouldn't use this to make the boys feel ashamed. They feel bad enough without an adult implying they should be embarrassed. Do you really think they are happy with their situation or record?
whatever

Lubbock, TX

#40 Jan 19, 2010
Bearcat wrote:
<quoted text>
This was not a relevant comment. To begin with, you can't compare their records as they do not play the same teams. More importantly, though, the boys and girls support each other and are not in competition to embarrass each other or rub salt in the wounds of the team doing poorly. The boys support the girls (win or lose) and vice versa. As a matter of fact, my son has been telling me about the hard work the girls are putting in this year with their conditioning. It's ok to say you are proud of the girl's team; however, you shouldn't use this to make the boys feel ashamed. They feel bad enough without an adult implying they should be embarrassed. Do you really think they are happy with their situation or record?
My intention on that post was that maybe the boys program should put in the same amount of effort the girls program does. And if players or parents are not happy with the situation maybe they should stop posting on here and put their concerns into action and contact school board members.

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