Balling out is something that Spencer Dobbins, the new freshman basketball head coach for Notre Dame Prep, is completely used to. But now the tables have turned, and Dobbins now is balling out as a coach and plans to lead his team to a winning season. Notre Dame Prep’s freshman team went 3-15 with their former head coach Andrew Svorinic during the 2018-19 season, but during the offseason, the Saints made a coaching staff change and welcomed in Spencer Dobbins as their JV-B head coach.
Dobbins comes to the program with a long history tied to basketball. Playing at a young age, the game of basketball was held near and dear to his heart and still is today. When asked about his background in basketball, Dobbins said, “Well let’s see, I played junior high, played in high school, and then played in PAL, the Police Athletic League.”
With an extensive background, Coach Dobbins brings a lot to the table. Although he has not coached before, Dobbins said, “This will be my first time doing it, but over the years I have been giving players little bits of information on what to do and what not to do and how to get better. Just for them to look at how the game is played and how they can become a better player by doing certain things.”
Dobbins plans on using his former basketball skills to help the players on the team. When asked about his goals for the season, Dobbins said, “To make sure that everyone can at least have the chance and opportunity to play and learn something and make sure they get better so that they want to come back next year.”
Coach Dobbins hopes to formulate a bounce-back season for the Saints, but there is one problem- this is his first time coaching, so he will have to establish the trust of the players. Dobbins talked about establishing their trust and said, “By getting out there and showing them that if I can do it, then you can do it. If I can do it then I am willing to work with them to let them learn and let them know that I will teach them.” He hopes that when the young players see that he can do it, they will be inspired to do it themselves. Maybe this style of coaching can come out in a positive way with a winning season.
On the other side of the table, there is a JV-B team mixed with sophomores and freshmen who have no connection to their coach, and for some of them, each other. For freshman guard Hudson Stych, he is hopeful for this season with a new coach. When asked about how the team is looking so far, Stych said, “The team is looking pretty good, we have nine or so freshmen and the rest are sophomores. The coach is learning from a great coach who is experienced, he is learning the NDP ways and how to be a great basketball coach and we will have a great season with him leading us.”
With Coach Dobbins learning under varsity head coach, Kyle Diemer, the JV-B team is hopeful for a good season. When asked about the chemistry with the football players on the basketball team, Stych replied with, “As football players, we will have a connection that will help us when we are on the court together when we are able to pass and do plays as a group.”
With an already established chemistry between the football players, some of the team will already be prepared to work as a cohesive unit. With the hope behind a new coach and some established chemistry, the JV-B team aims for a positive record. Although history seems to be against this team, that does not hinder their hope. With new players and a new coach, the possibility for a winning season for this JV B team seems well in reach.