Dakota Cougars Girl's Basketball: Welcome

2013-14 Team Picture
2013-14 Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Team
Dakota Girl's Basketball Players - One Team, One Goal!!!

Please contact the Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach - Phil McCune @ pmccune@cvs.k12.mi.us or by phone at 586-219-7931 with any questions regarding the Dakota Girl's Basketball Program.

Pride developed through hard work and dedication produces success and success is our goal. Do not confuse success with winning. While winning is the essence of competition, success is a higher goal. Success is defined as having done everything within the limits of our ability to become the very best that we are capable of becoming. If we accomplish this, we need never experience shame from defeat. To be defeated by a better team is part of competition. To be defeated because of lack of preparation or lack of desire during the game is unacceptable. Remember, pride is success. Success will produce winning. To develop pride and a winning attitude you must:

In Search of Excellence

1. Act like a Winner. I can't stress enough the importance of handling yourself at all times with class and integrity, especially in the tough times that truly test everyone and usually bring out our worst instincts.

2. Always be positive. Positive people can take on the world.

3. Be committed to hard work. Hard work is not always fun, but it's the price you must pay to be more successful. The harder you work, the tougher it is to surrender.

4. Be nice. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

5. Avoid having to be right all the time. Your goal is to connect with people, not defeat.

6. Be committed to doing things the right way. Remember that perfect practice makes perfect.

7. Smile! In every culture it is the light in your window that tells people there's a caring, sharing individual inside.

8. Learn to stay relaxed and friendly no matter how much tension you're under.

9. Write down your goals and review them often. When you fail to plan, you are planning to fail by default.

10. Focus all your attention and energy on the achievement of your goals.

11. Don't put things off. Get in the habit every day of doing the more unpleasant things first... If you tell someone you're going to do something, then do it.

12. Eliminate the word quit from your vocabulary. If you want to be successful over the long haul, you must be willing to stay the course... People, who won't quit, don't.

13. Learn from your mistakes. There are four things you should do with a mistake: 1) recognize it, 2) admit it, 3) learn from it, 4) forget it.

14. Be able to admit your weaknesses and establish short-term goals to overcome them.

15. Dress and look your best at all times.

16. Respond with a simple, courteous "thank you" when anyone pays you a compliment for any reason.

17. Sit up front in the most prominent rows when you attend class, meetings, etc.

18. Replace the word "can't" with "can," and "try" with "will" in your vocabulary.

19. Be on time. Always try to be at least ten minutes early.

20. Thrive on pressure. The more you prepare the better able you are to handle pressurized situations. Pressure often brings out extraordinary results.

21. Develop a study routine. Discipline yourself to study 1 to 2 hours a night. Your grades/ performance reflect the amount of time you are willing to invest.

22. Stay humble. Respect and recognition comes from personal sacrifice and hard work.

So, where do you fit into this spectrum of desire? To find out, consider
the following self-assessment scale. Level of Desire Scale
0 percent: I won`t.
10 percent: I can`t.
20 percent: I don`t know how.
30 percent: I wish I could.
40 percent: What is it?
50 percent: I think I might.
60 percent: I might.
70 percent: I think I can.
80 percent: I can.
90 percent: I will.
95 percent: I did it.
100 percent:I did it and I know I can do it again, only this time, even

-My expectations
-Hustle 100% of the time!
-Defense – Defense – and more Defense - Defense Wins Games
-Sportsmanship and team unity
-Everyone is expected to treat one another with respect. Back talk to a coach or another player is completely unacceptable.
-I expect everyone to have FUN!!!

High School Basketball
-Practice is mandatory - no excuses!
-Full participation in all drills

Tuesday, September 30
2014-15 Dakota Girl's Basketball - Open Gym, Weight Room, Conditioning, Class & Parent/Player Meeting Schedule?

Below is information in regards to our upcoming open gyms, weight room, conditioning, class & parent/player meeting.  If you are not participating in a Dakota fall sport, we recommend you try to attend as many of these as possible.  If you are in-season participating in a fall sport at Dakota, that takes priority over any girls basketball events shown below.  Our coaching staff will be at each open gym, but we are not allowed to instruct.  The schedule is below:

Dakota Girl's Basketball - Parent/Player Try-out Meeting (Only for Current Dakota High School Students & Parents)
Oct 20 6:00-6:30 (Mon) - Freshman Center Cafeteria - Informal parent/player meeting to go over try-out information

Dakota Girl's Basketball - Open Gyms - Open to all Grade Levels - Please arrive at 4:45 to stretch so you can begin at 5:00
Sept 30 (Tues) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym - Basketball Class 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom (see below)

Oct 2 (Thurs) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym
Oct 6 (Mon) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym - Basketball Class 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom (see below)

Oct 9 (Thurs) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym

Oct 13 (Mon) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym - Basketball Class 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom (see below)

Oct 16 (Thurs) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym
Oct 20 (Mon) 5:00-6:00 - Freshman Center - East Gym (Parent/Player Try-out Meeting to Follow in Fresh Center Cafeteria)

Dakota Girl's Basketball - Basketball Class – Varsity & JV Players - Class with Coach Phil & Coach Emily
Sept 30 (Tues) 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom in Fresh Center (see below for more info)
Oct 6 (Mon) 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom in Fresh Center
Oct 13 (Mon) 6:00-6:30 - Coach Emily's Classroom in Fresh Center

Dakota Girl's Basketball - 4 Person Individual Workouts - No More Than 4 Players in the Gym at One Time

If you are interested in participating please email or text Coach Emily and she will set-up a time after school.


Dakota Girl’s Basketball - Weight Training

Open to anyone.  Use your time wisely!  Instructed by Coach Emily Joseph:

Sept 30 (Tues) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 2 (Thurs) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 7 (Tues) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 9 (Thurs) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 14 (Tues) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 16 (Thurs) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 21 (Tues) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30

Oct 23 (Thurs) – Dakota Weight Room – 3:45-4:30


Dakota Girl’s Basketball - Conditioning

Open to any high school student/athlete (highly recommended for you to attend if you are not playing a fall sport).  Instructed by Coach Emily Joseph:

Oct 27 (Mon) – Dakota Main Gym Track – 2:45-3:45

Oct 28 (Tues) – Dakota Main Gym Track – 2:45-3:45

Oct 30 (Thurs) – Dakota Main Gym Track – 2:45-3:45

Nov 3 (Mon) – Dakota Main Gym Track – 2:45-3:45

Nov 6 (Thurs) – Dakota Main Gym Track – 2:45-3:45

If there is a practice going on the Main Gym floor we ask you to keep the noise level down while conditioning on the upstairs track.  If the weather permits, conditioning may take place outside.

Dakota Girl's Basketball Try-outs go from Nov 10-12 this year.  Detail’s to follow at the Parent/Player Meeting.

Thursday, October 18
Former Dakota Cougar Girl's Basketball Players Playing at the College Level

A few of our most recent former Lady Cougar's are playing at the college level.  The links below are to our former player’s, feel free to follow them this season: 

Shantelle Herring - 2009 Dakota Graduate - Madonna University http://www.madonnacrusaders.com/roster/8/5/487.php

LaQwana Dockery - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Adrian College

Heather Kehrer - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Macomb Community College http://www.macomb.edu/Community/Athletics/Bios/10-11/Heather+Kehrer.htm

Ashley Thomas - 2010 Dakota Graduate - U-M Dearborn http://www.gowolves.net/roster/10/2/880.php

Kaitlyn Downey - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Albion College (Softball) http://www.albion.edu/sports/womens-sports/softball

Jessica Mabry - 2012 Dakota Graduate - Spring Arbor College http://www.saucougars.com/roster/10/2/1841.php

Good luck to all of our former Dakota Cougars that helped bring us many Championships!