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Minico High School

School Info
Conference: Great Basin (West) Conference
Classification: 4A

Head Coach: Ty Shippen

Years as Head Coach: 1st

Previous Experience: Graduate Assistant Coach at University of Alaska-Anchorage, 2002-2003. Varsity Coach at 5A Skyline 2003-2013.

Record Last Year: 8-15

State Titles: None

Assistant Coaches:
Doug Manning, Carl Bailey, Colby Dexter, Doug Bailey, Todd Seamons

Who do you have coming back this year?
Isaiah Harris (6’6 Sr Center) Nico Chavez (6’ Jr Guard) Brian Christenson (6’1 Sr Guard) Trey Crystal (6’1 Jr Guard)

Any Returning Players with Honors?
Isaiah Harris, 2nd team all-conference last season

Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Matt Harper #24, Derek Wilkins #23, and Tanner Stallings #5.

As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
We are still discovering our strengths and weaknesses. With a new system and new kids it will take some time. Isaiah Harris and Josh Barclay should be strong in the post. We want to run the floor and be able to execute in the half court. We would like to have a balanced attack with shooters that can space the floor as well.

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
I can’t speak for Minico last year, but we want to get a quality shot up on every possession. We will emphasize team play and improve in our recognition of where the ball needs to go and why. Ball handling and passing are two areas we want to improve upon.

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Our strengths will need to be our rebounding, ball pressure, and communication. We want to dictate the flow of the game with our defense.

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Again, I can’t speak for last year, but our goal is to become a physical, scrappy defense that anticipates well. We’re looking for deflections, winning the 50/50 loose ball battles, and limiting our opponents shot opportunities with solid rebounding.

Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
“Rise to the Occasion”, “Spartan Up”

What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to work with these young men and see their growth and development as basketball players. I’m excited about the future of our players and this program. Many of our players have worked and continue to work hard in the offseason to prepare themselves to be better this year. It will be fun to see this team come together.

For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
Every game is important to us. Twin Falls and Burley finished 1st and 2nd last year so those would have to be high on the list.

What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
I think the XFactor will be how we respond to pressure and how our team chemistry gels. We also need to stay healthy throughout the season. We’ve got to be able to play on both ends of the floor and make plays when we need them.

If you could change one rule in high school basketball, what would it be?
Play free throws on the release like college does, instead of off the rim. It would take the luck of bounces out and rely more on box outs, giving more of an advantage back to the defense. I would add a shot clock too. Games would have a better flow and there would be an increase in the ingame situations and game management opportunities for coaches. It would be fun for the fans and players. It would cut down on fouling at the end of games. Fewer free throws, more exciting games, and a reward for tough defense...what’s not to love?

Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
I love the sport. I love to compete. I enjoy being around the game and seeing player growth. It’s been a huge part of my life as a kid, player, and coach. There is something special about a team coming together for one common goal. Watching kids improve and participating in competition is exciting and worth the effort and energy.

What makes your school the best place to coach for?
I am excited to coach at Minico. Minico understands that athletics is important to school climate and education. Minico has outstanding community support with great people and students. A one school community is refreshing and it’s fun to experience the school spirit and passion for Spartan athletics.

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