Team Mahurin: Welcome

Team Mahurin Basketball

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Welcome to the Coach Mahurin web page.  As many of you are aware, I am now the head coach of the Edgewood Mustangs.  I'm thrilled to be back in coaching and at Edgewood!

I'll use this page to cover our squads and keep readers informed about the Mustangs, my kids, other former players, and whatever else comes to mind.

I was most recently the basketball coach of the Rockville Rox and have been the coach at South Vermillion, Adams Central, and an assistant at Martinsville (IN).  I've also led the Pacesetter Select and Spiece Central AAU teams.  

Please note that I usually blast this stuff together pretty fast, and my spell check does not work on this program (or I'm not smart enough to use it!)  There will be typos, omissions, and errors.  Please read through them



Monday, January 26
Taking Time to Appreciate Progress...

I know I've been overly critical of the team at times this year.  It's very possible that my expectations have been skewed a little bit over the years.  I've pointed out issue after issue so far, but I haven't really stepped back to look at the progress we've made.  It's been a great start here at Edgewod.

First, we are 9-6.  If you compare to last year, we are 9-4 against teams with whom we went 5-8. (We picked up two games as allowed by the IHSAA).  We graduated 5 seniors (I think) and had little returning experience other that Ryan Newman.  Despite playing the same brutal schedule, we've become competitive against nearly everyone.  Our point-score differential has actually improved by around 20 ppg.

It's been a good first step.  We just have lots of steps yet to take.  However, other coaches seem to take us seriously now.  We are certainly dangerous.  This old coach just needs to relax beacuse changing the mental approach of the program competely will take some time. 

As we showed Friday night, we are capable of incredible effort and focus.  Our fundamental skill level demonstrated was more than just good against OV.  Our passing was strong; we had more assists in the first half than we usually have in a game.  Our defense was smothering.  It was a great effort.

I just need to ingrain in players the ability to show up every game and every practice with the thought that we must give total effort.  There can be no days off.  Every game needs to be approached with the passion with which we approached OV.  That's what champions do! 

Can I establish that climate in a year?  I honestly don't think so.  We have taken great strides in the right direction, but the end result may be years away.  

It is really up to the players.  They often seem to be listening to coaching, but I'm not always sure they're hearing anything.  We make many of the same poor choices now that we made eariler.  My next step is to insist that players attempt to do what we ask rather than do what they want.  Playing time will depend on effort to comply with team concepts.  This again is going to be contrary to our well established culture.  However, it is imperative to cotinuing to improve...to taking the next step.  We've been a rudderless ship just cruising all over the place for too long.

However, I again point to the great strides we've taken.  We've made huge progress.  I just want more.  

I just wonder how good do players really want to be?  Is it worth maximum effort on a daily basis? (...that's not easy!)  Is it worth bouncing off the brick wall if a coach asks you to run through?  Am I too smart to be coached?  Can I ignore the off court coaching?  Can the team be more important than me?  All good questions and the answers are yet to be determined.

We have a couple big road games this weekend.  Let's see how hard we play.  Let's see if we continue to progress...  

 



Tuesday, January 20
Guys Night Out

All members of the varsity (everyone who dresses for varsity games) will attend Guys Night Out at EIS Thursday, 1/26 for a short program.  We will all speak briefly and then we will conduct a "knock-out shootng station" for the kids.

Each player needs to be prepared to speak briefly about the importance of a male figure in his life (ie...dad, grand father, uncle...etc...)  How did your dad (or whoever) help you in some area of your life.  We are looking for positive stories to help motivate kids to make good decisions.  Perseverance, courage, responsibility are all good topics.  Also...you might share what traits are important for these youngsters as they head towards junor high and high school. 

 Schedule:

Speaking 6:30 -7:00 

Operating Station 7:00 - 8:00 

 

 

 



Tuesday, October 7
Edgewood High School Boys' Basketball Coaching Staff

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Varsity Coach - Dave Mahurin

Assistants - Tom Weakley, Tom Anderson

Volunteer Assistant - Gary Farmer 

Freshman - Chip Coldiron