Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

Big in ‘06: Briggs hired to coach boys basketball

December 28, 2006

When Don Allen stepped down as Lansing High boys basketball coach after nine seasons, he left behind a team that would return no starters and only a handful of players with varsity experience.

Allen's successor, Rod Briggs, has plenty of experience dealing with that type of situation.

Lansing School Board on June 12 appointed Briggs to coach basketball and teach social studies at LHS. His coaching resume offered proof that he knew how to rebuild a program. His previous stop was at Liberal where he inherited a team that went 2-19 the year before he arrived. Liberal went 6-16 in 2003, Briggs' first season. The next year the Redskins went 15-8 and earned their first Class 5A state tournament berth since 1997. The following season they posted a 17-5 record and spent almost the entire season ranked No. 1 in the state.

Briggs made no guarantees about how many games Lansing would win this season. He admitted it would be a year of learning and growth.

So far the Lions have shown plenty of game-to-game improvement, but they still have an 0-5 record to show for it. Adding to their early struggles is that they've had to learn against a daunting schedule. Their first five opponents boast a combined 17-8 record. One of them, Bishop Miege, has the top college prospect in the state and a No. 3 state ranking.


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