Prep girls basketball: Working well with assistant coach a key to Mike Scott's success at Otterville
Like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie, mashed potatoes and gravy and (insert great combination here), Otterville Athletic Director Rob Young and girls basketball coach Mike Scott are a natural fit.
Alone, each is a well-versed, solid coach in his own right. But put them together, and a Scottie Pippen/Michael Jordan-esque combination has emerged.
“Coach Young and I, we have a great relationship both personally and professionally,” said Scott, who alongside Young led the Lady Eagles to the program’s first district title last season and a 27-2 mark this season en route its second-straight district title.
“He’s an excellent coach, he knows basketball, he’s patient and he’s a great teacher of the game. What makes us successful is I can bounce ideas off him anytime and he’ll come back with great feedback.”
Young, a former four-year head coach of the Lady Eagles, never had the luxury of a vocal assistant coach during his time at the helm. So when Scott took over the program in the fall of 2010, Young jumped at the chance to do what he loves best: Teach and grow the offensive aspects of the game.
“When I was head coach, I didn’t have the luxury of anyone helping me at the time,” Young said. “But with Mike taking on so much in assuming (the head coaching) role, I joined because I personally enjoy being in the position of teaching the offense and working with the girls on shooting.”
Based on the team’s 54 points-per-game average to accent a defense allowing just 31 points, Young’s system clearly worked for a team that at one point reeled off 26 straight wins. But even so, he gives all the credit to Scott, who was voted unanimously as the Democrat’s All-Area Coach of the Year.
“When he came here, we had had a dynamite group in place,” Young said. “But what he did was elevate the program to a new standard, a new level of success that wouldn’t have been possible without him.
“He’s taught the girls what it is to be good teammates. He’s been the disciplinarian that’s held the girls accountable for missing practice. And he’s let them know from day one the expectations in place in order to build a successful program.
“Really I couldn’t be more pleased just being associated with type of atmosphere he’s helped create.”
The duo, however, will be split up next season with Scott accepting an assistant superintendent position in Warrensburg.
“In leaving, you always hope a program is better off than what you left it and I believe that’s the case here,” Scott said. “There are a lot of good girls coming back and coming up through the system, and I know Otterville will have a good team next year.”
Even so, Scott’s 49-7 record during his two-year tenure at Otterville will be hard to follow. But it wasn’t just Scott and Young who made the program what it is today.
Take Otterville’s abundance of talent on the hardwood, which is centered around its all-district center. Just like with Scott, you can’t talk about Lady Eagles basketball without mentioning Amy Oleynik.
The 6-2 senior, who eclipsed both the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebounds milestones this season, averaged 15.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.1 blocks and 2.3 steals a game alongside fellow 6-2 center Hannah Stone, who added nine points a contest.
And complimenting the height was a backcourt that included outside threats Tori Schoen and Stephanie Oswald and a solid point guard in Paige Fry. Together, the group led the program to four tournament crowns on the season.
“We take and get the credit as coaches sometimes, but we were blessed with a talent pool of fantastic players,” Young said.
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