David Bradshaw named new MCHS boys varsity basketball coach
It’s the little things that add up, David Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw, who was named Friday as the new Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach, said his approach for the team will start with the seemingly small.
“I plan to work on all the little things,” he said. “There will be a focus on fundamentals.
“A lot of times, the difference between a win and a loss is with fundamentals.”
Bradshaw, a Craig resident, was named new coach after a two-month search.
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MCHS athletic director Richard Wildenhaus said Bradshaw’s attention to details was just one of the reasons he was the man for the job.
“We feel he will help create not only successful basketball players, but the best possible student athletes,” Wildenhaus said. “He will help develop them into great kids who can succeed on the court.”
Bradshaw takes over for Steve Maneotis, who resigned at the end of the 2009-10 season.
The MCHS boys varsity team finished the season with a 6-17 overall record.
Bradshaw’s coaching resume includes stops in both Steamboat Springs and Moffat County.
Bradshaw coached under Kelly Meek, the legendary Steamboat Springs High School coach who amassed 544 wins for the Sailors’ boys program, for four years in the mid-1990s.
Bradshaw also coached in Moffat County under Scott Parker from 2006 to 2007.
“I’m just excited to be a part of the program,” he said. “I’m looking forward to instilling fundamentals and values in the program.
“I coached with Scott Parker here, and Kelly Meek in Steamboat, and I hope to emulate that system.”
Bradshaw said one of his goals is to work with younger players at the middle school level to get them acclimated to the type of program he will run at MCHS.
“We want to have a program in place, so that when the younger kids come up through the system, they know what to expect,” he said. “It’s extremely important to have the (younger) kids know all the fundamentals — where their feet should be, ball handling — so that when they reach ninth grade, you can work on more complex stuff.”
Bradshaw said he will tailor his offense and defense to the personnel he receives next season.
“The main thing is, we want to control the tempo,” he said. “We will run a transitional offense if we think that is what it takes to win.
“If we need to slow it down and have more of a set offense, then that is what we will do.”
Bradshaw said he expects the most out of his players on the court, and off it.
“When we go on the road, I want us to represent Moffat County in a positive manner,” he said. “I want our team to be an example — I want other kids in the high school to look up to our kids.”
Although there is no official word on his assistant coaches, Bradshaw said he had several people in mind.
“I haven’t talked to them yet, but the people I’m thinking about can help us go to the next level,” he said. “Everyone I’m thinking about will bring character and ethics to the program.”
Once he has his staff in place, Bradshaw said he wants to bring the league title to Moffat County.
“I wouldn’t have thrown my name into the discussion if I didn’t think I could make a difference,” he said. “I’m going to be bringing a great system, and I truly believe I can be successful with the program.”
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