Archive for Thursday, June 25, 2009

McBride enjoys attention basketball program has earned

June 25, 2009

Entering the 2008-09 season, Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride wasn’t completely sure what to expect of his team.

He liked the trio of senior guards that he returned. He saw a lot of potential in his younger players, and stressed that with the tenets of hard work, this team could do some good things.

In retrospect, he might have been underselling his program.

McBride coached BLHS to the Class 4A state championship this season.

In the process, he took the trio of senior guards and meshed them with six new varsity players — including two freshmen — to build the state championship squad.

BLHS played its best basketball of the season late in the year, including a 53-48 win over Girard in the state finals in Salina. The title was the program’s first and came in McBride’s fifth year at Basehor-Linwood after coaching for six seasons in Missouri.

Since winning the state title, awards have rolled in for coaches and players. Players received All-Kaw Valley League and All-State recognition.

McBride was named the Kansas City Star’s Metro Coach of the Year, which he said is a nice honor.

“Honestly, it makes you feel good to work 11 years and get recognized,” he said. “On a personal note, it’s nice to get rewarded for the work you put in for 11 years, for goals put in place as a program. I also know that individually, that I am not out for that at all. I’m just really pleased that the team got the recognition it got.”

He coaches to provide his players with the best high school experience possible.

“I coach for the kids,” he said. “It might sound corny, but I try to help each group have a great experience, seniors get a chance to play, and I try to build each experience.”

McBride expects hard work and for players to be accountable. He expects them to show up in the summer ready to work and prepared to play in games. If the work is done, he lets practices out early.

He is pleased with what he is building in Basehor.

“We have it rolling, no doubt about it. In the next five or six years, I feel like we have a chance to go to state and build state championship caliber teams,” he said. “Who knows what will happen, but I want to put out a team in position to contend for state every year. I want them to enjoy it and have fun. I want the same experience whether it’s the kids in kindergarten or next year’s seniors.”

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