David Bradshaw begins tenure as MCHS boys basketball coach
Season after season, adjustments must be made as teams revamp their lineups and learn what kind of talents new blood brings to the table.
The same can be true of new coaches, as they gauge what they have to work with in their roster.
But, David Bradshaw, the new head basketball coach at Moffat County High School, has quickly familiarized himself with his team in the days leading up to the season opener.
And, they’ve gotten used to him, too.
Bradshaw has returned to MCHS basketball after a four-year hiatus. Originally working with the school’s hoops program as a junior varsity and freshman coach in 2006 and 2007, Bradshaw now holds the top position.
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He jumped at the chance to take the job when he first heard about Steve Maneotis’ resignation this spring, and landed the job in April.
“Coaching is a real passion for me, and I enjoy it,” he said. “You really have to enjoy the game.”
Bradshaw has six years of coaching experience, four of which were with former Steamboat Springs coach Kelly Meek. Originally from Steamboat, Bradshaw played as a starter for three seasons when he was in high school, graduating in 1990.
“It’s a little weird being here after playing and coaching over there,” he said.
The first game of the season will be in the Sailors’ territory at the Steamboat Springs Shootout tournament Dec. 9, though the Bulldogs’ first opponent will be Montrose.
“They’re loaded, they have a lot of talent,” Bradshaw said. “The entire tournament will have a lot of talent. It should be a pretty good opening weekend for us because we’ll be able to see where we are.”
Bradshaw has focused his practices around working on fundamental skills.
“We start out our practices with shot progression and from there, we do ball-handling drills, we do passing drills,” he said. “That’s an everyday occurrence and it’ll be an everyday occurrence from day one to the last game of the season.”
Bradshaw added that he also plans to analyze the upcoming competition as much as possible.
“We’ve got Bill Lawrence doing some scouting for us, and that way we can see what we’re going up against and try to take away their best players’ strengths and turn them to our advantage,” he said.
Bradshaw stressed consistency as a key element of the game to his players.
“We’ve got to treat every game the same,” he said.
For Bradshaw’s four seniors — Chet Harvey, Dylon Camilletti, and Zach and Angelo Raftopoulos — getting a new coach hasn’t shaken up their ability to stay the course.
Angelo said Bradshaw’s presence has only solidified the team.
“It’s been really easy to adapt to him,” he said.
Zach added that Bradshaw’s attitude and approach to the game have been beneficial.
“He’s just really good for the team, all around,” he said.
Bradshaw referred to the seniors as “the nucleus” of the varsity team.
“These guys bring the experience and character to this team,” he said.
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