Archive for Thursday, June 4, 2009

BLHS assistant coach Harvey to coach hoops at Louisburg

June 4, 2009

A trend of top assistant coaches from championship teams getting head coaching jobs trickled down to the high school level last month.

Chad Harvey, an assistant coach on the Basehor-Linwood boys high school basketball team that won the Class 4A state title this season, was hired as the new head boys basketball coach at Louisburg High School.

Harvey said he is excited about the opportunity to build a program in Louisburg.

He is eager to get started with the players in the summer program, which he plans to pattern off what he learned at Basehor-Linwood.

The work the Bobcats did in the summer was pivotal to their success during the post season, Harvey said.

He also feels quite prepared for the opportunity. Harvey said working with BLHS coach Mike McBride has helped prepare him for the new position. He is grateful for all that he learned under McBride, as well as for the close relationship that they built together.

McBride said Harvey has been with him since the beginning at BLHS and has been a part of the highs and lows of building a program. He has helped Basehor-Linwood establish itself as a program.

“I am happy for him,” McBride said. “It is something that he has talked about for a while.”

Since taking the job, Harvey said he had been asked numerous times whether he plans to schedule Basehor-Linwood. In response, he said that he would like some time to build up his program before taking on the Bobcats.

Even then, he would prefer to only play them in a championship game setting, either at the Bobcat Classic or in a state tournament.

Harvey and his wife plan to move to Louisburg, where he will teach art and coach basketball.

McBride said the team hasn’t determined who the program’s new assistant coach will be. For his part, he is focused on the Bobcats’ summer program and beginning the process toward making another state tournament trip next season.

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