New coach on the court: Scott Mitchell (Q&A)


Mackenzie Miller

Math teacher Scott Mitchell will be transferring the x’s and o’s to the basketball court this year, as he is the new girls basketball coach.

This year, there will be a new face on the girls basketball bench: new varsity coach, Scott Mitchell.  Mitchell is also a Probability and Statistics teacher at the high school. A former high school player himself, Mitchell has high hopes for a successful season.

Q: Have you coached girls basketball before?

A: Yes, I’ve coached the girl’s basketball team for the 7th grade Wilson/Lamberton middle school combined team. I also coached at Chambersburg.

Q: What are your goals for the program?

A: To continue to build on the success of the program from the years before. Short term goals make it easier to achieve long term goals.

Q: What are the challenges of coming in as a new coach?

A: Getting to know all of the players and seeing where they will be able to improve.  Also, building your coaching staff and being new to the community and school.

Q: Why do you coach?

A: I enjoy being around kids and I had a lot of good coaches growing up so, I wanted to be just like them and wanted to help kids improve in their game.

Q: How do you manage your time between coaching, teaching, and family life?

A: I have certain schedules and it’s sometimes a challenge when you have multiple things going on. But whether I’m coaching, teaching, or at home I try not to intertwine them. For example, when I’m at home I don’t talk about coaching and when I’m coaching I don’t talk about things at home.

Q: How do you define success?

A: Just seeing people get better. Success is not based on wins or losses.  As long as I’m helping them to prepare for their future, I feel that I’ve done my job.

Q: What king of players are you looking for other than their playing abilities?

A: I’m looking for players that are hardworking and positive.