Boys basketball will play upcoming season under
direction of Jake Oliver
Last year, students at Godwin said goodbye to long-time basketball coach, Hunter Thomas. This year, Godwin welcomes Jake Oliver, the new boys’ basketball coach.
Although it is Oliver’s first year as Godwin’s head basketball coach, he has previous experience in coaching basketball. For the past six years, Oliver has held the position of head varsity basketball coach at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County.
Oliver works at Godwin as an Exceptional Education teacher. Through his teaching, he is able to make connections to his coaching position.
“I believe the best coaches are teachers. The best coaches are ones that have an understanding of the game and can teach the players, not just plays, but how to play,” said Oliver.
For Oliver, the best part about coaching basketball is teaching certain skills to the players that will be carried forward, not just on the court, but into life after graduation. Having played basketball as a high school student himself, Oliver was influenced by his coach, and carries much of what he learned then with him today.
“He encouraged me to pursue a career in teaching and coaching,” said Oliver. “I learned from him how to build relationships with players and coaches, the importance of organization and how to run a program that emphasizes character over championships.”
Oliver has already observed the basketball team’s great potential and expects success from the team this year.
“We have the potential to be a good basketball team,” said Oliver.
“If we can put the needs of the team ahead of individual needs and come to practice with the goal to get better every day, the sky is the limit with this group.”
Oliver also believes that a good team is made with the help of good defense.
“It starts and ends with how we play defense. We have talented players that can score the basketball, but so do a lot of other teams. Teams that are the most successful take pride in their defense and want to lock down their opponents every night,” said Oliver.
Oliver’s dedication as a coach is recognized by his players. Senior Tyshaun Jackson and sophomore Jack Seidenberg are players on Oliver’s team that have already noticed his positive impact.
“His hard work during workouts transfers over to the players and makes them want to work harder than usual,” said Jackson.
“Coach Oliver will contribute a very positive presence to the team this year. He will help the team improve their chemistry during the season by directing plays and strategizing defenses since there will be so many talented players on the floor that can bring many great things to the table,” said Seidenberg.
With Oliver’s leadership, the players expect that Godwin’s basketball team will thrive in the years to come.
“I would like for my players to get better each day as basketball players and young men, both on and off the court. If we as a group work together and strive each and every day to do that, then it will be a successful season,” said Oliver.