PRESTONSBURG – New head coach Doug Hopkins will guide the Adams Middle School boys’ basketball program in the 2015-16 season.
Hopkins has spent the last six years coaching the Prestonsburg Elementary School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. He has spent three seasons with the Prestonsburg High School boys’ basketball program and during a portion of that same stretch has operated his travel program.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity to be able to coach these boys this year,” Hopkins commented. “I want to thank Mr. Tommy Poe for giving me this chance. I have been with most of these boys since they were in third grade. I have a pretty special relationship with them.”
Hopkins was eager to begin working with his team earlier in the preseason.
“I will install a fast pace game, with us getting up and down the floor,” Hopkins said. “We will look to play 95 feet every night. I just feel like the game is made to be played that way now. I know the kids love it and it makes it fun for them. Our defense will be what we hang our hat on. I am a firm believer that defense wins championships.”
Hopkins and the Blackcats have been working hard on fundamentals and other aspects of the game since coming together.
“We have been working hard on just the basics since practice has started,” Hopkins added. “We have been working on fundamentals in practice. Without these, plays really don’t matter. I won’t be a coach that has 25 different plays. Sometimes you can over coach and I see a lot of that happening now – teach them the basics and let them go play.
“The boys have been working really hard. We have a great bunch of boys. We have a full schedule and will be playing teams from all around the region. Something that I am really looking forward to this year is we are taking all our teams to play in the Middle School State Tournament at the KBA in Lexington. This should be a good measuring stick to see where we stand and what we need to do to get better. I know our kids are excited about this.
Chuck Rowe is serving as an assistant coach on Hopkins’ coaching staff.
“Assistant Coach Chuck Rowe has been a tremendous help and I couldn’t ask for anyone better,” Hopkins commented. “He is helping in any way he can. Coach Rowe will play a big part in the 2015-16 Adams boys’ basketball season.”
Support for the Adams Middle School boys’ basketball program starts inside the Hopkins home.
“I better not forget to thank my wife Charla for being patient with me and standing behind me,” Hopkins confided. “Without her support, it would be hard to do this. As she said, laughing, ‘it’s ball season so I will see you at the gym.’”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.