Coach Jason Coletti- AC interview

ed. note : Annville-Cleona recently named Jason Coletti as the new head coach. Coach Coletti shared some thoughts with LLhoops. Enjoy!

1) Can you give llhoops followers your background? Coaching playing etc?
I went to Lebanon H.S. where I played and graduated in 1994.  I played my freshmen year at Kutztown University before transferring and playing at Lebanon Valley College. I have been a Head Varsity Coach for 10 years. 6 Years with the Manheim Central Girls Program (1005-2011) and 4 years with the Ephrata Boys Basketball Program (2011-2015). 

2) Have you had a chance to meet and work with your new team? If so or not, what are the plans for the rest of the summer?
I have only been the Head Coach at AC for a week and have only had two workouts so far. I have only met a few of the players and looking forward to getting all the players in the gym real soon! The players I have been able to meet so far have had great effort and I am excited about for the future. My plan is to try to get us into a team camp this summer so we can get to know one another. This is especially important this year since we are behind for the summer and we need to get everyone on the same page. We are not in any summer leagues so we will be offering plenty of time in our gym this summer. 

3) What style can we expect the Dutchmen to play next season?
I prefer to play an up tempo style of basketball. However, this will all depend on the personnel we have this year which is why we need to ensure everyone is attending our off-season activities. 

4) What are your thoughts on being in section 5 in the LL? Have you had any trouble filling out your schedule?
From what I understand, our schedule is set for next season. As for the sections, we will just focus on our section and not worry about how many sections there. We will work to get better each day and hopefully after league play, we will be right there.  

5) Looking to the future, what goals do you have for the program?
Our immediate goals for the program, our to promote basketball to get the best athletes in our school out for basketball and to develop our elementary program. We need to ensure we are developing players at an early age.  I am excited about the future of our program because of the young players who have already been in the gym. They work hard and we have some very athletic underclassmen.




Coach Seth Buckwalter LMHS interview

ed note: Seth Buckwalter was recently named as the new head coach for Lancaster Mennonite. He has been part of the program since his playing days. He shares some of his thoughts with Enjoy.

1) The news of Coach Groff leaving coaching at LMHS surprised a lot of fans. When did you find out and what were your feelings at that time.  
      Coach Groff officially told the coaching staff on May 8th.  After the season ended he told me that he was considering stepping away from coaching, so I was not surprised by the announcement.  When he told us I felt a mixture of sadness that such a great coaching era was ending, but an excitement about the chance to try something new and challenging if I was given the opportunity to take the position.   

2) You have been part of LMHS hoops for a long time- player/coach. What makes coaching and working at LMHS special to you?
I appreciate the ability to openly bring my Christian Faith into the experience of coaching and teaching.  I love that I can pray with the guys before and after games, and discuss athletics from the view of using our God given gifts to honor Him. Secondly, I have developed a lot of connections in the LMH community over the years, so it is special to know that a lot of people that I know are watching and supporting the program. Finally, I feel like year after year we get top-notch guys playing on our team.  Not just talented players, but young men that I enjoy being around and who have good character.  I have the same experience in the classroom, and it makes it a great place to work.       

3) You know the players well. What, if any, changes do you want to institute on your first team? 
 I played under coach Groff, and have only ever coached under coach Groff, so my view of the right way to play the game is similar.  My personality is different than coach Groff’s, so a big part of the transition for myself and the players will involve learning how play for a coach with a different personality.  I hope to maintain the same expectation of excellence that coach Groff always brought to the table, but have it fit who I am.  

4) Next year an new 5 Section format for the LL. What are your thoughts on the format? Has LMHS had trouble getting non-league games?  
I wasn’t a part of the decision making team on the new format, so all I can do is embrace the situation.  I’m not sure if our athletic director has had difficulty with the scheduling.  

5) Can you share a story or 2 about being a player/coach under Geoff Groff?  
 As a player, my fondest memory is winning the district title my senior year.  I look back at it, and am amazed at the faith he had in his young players as that year went on.  We ended up winning the game on foul shots made by a 10th grader who did not have much varsity experience, but Groff saw potential in him and was willing to play him in overtime of a district title game and he made the winning shot.  

   As a coach, I’ve simply been amazed at Geoff’s ability to assess what is going on in a game and speak to exactly what needs to be fixed.  Time and time again, it seemed like the wheels were falling off in some game or another and it felt like we were doing everything wrong possible.  Geoff would call a time-out, or halftime would come, and rather than talking about everything that was going wrong, he would pinpoint one or two things.  He would communicate it to the guys and next thing you know we would be back in control of the game.  I was always amazed at his insights in those moments.  

 ~Dell Jackson