HERMON – Joe Nelson stepped away from his spot on the bench in Red Barry Gym as head coach back in May, and soon after a familiar face took his place.
“Trying to build on some of the really good things he did, establishing some consistency in terms of hard practice everyday, in terms of players understanding what their roles are and how to play the game,” said new head coach Jay Kemble.
Kemble goes from assistant to head man for the upcoming season. He comes from a football and baseball background, playing both at Mount Blue and UMaine, but prior to last season he had no basketball coaching experience.
“It doesn’t matter what sport it is, coaching is finding the intangibles that each student athlete has, incorporate in to what you can do, try to build upon their weaknesses, make them better, take their strengths and run with them,” said Kemble.
The seniors on this team are on their third coach since starting at Bangor, but Kemble is already making an impact on the team.
“He works a lot on the defensive side of things, and pushes up so that our defense is the best it can be, so when it comes time for offense that comes naturally to us,” said junior Libby Fleming.
“The most important person you’ll ever meet, he’s like ‘you need to do this, I have full faith in you’, constantly patting you on the back and pushing you to be better, defintely a safe environment and it feels good, feels like we’re ready for the season,” said senior Rowan Andrews.
They’ll hope to avenge their quarterfinal loss in last years playoffs against Deering.