Coach Coon Transcends to the Varsity Level

Written by Myla Baouna and Katherin Gomez

This time last year, Coach Travis Coon was coaching the Woodgrove girls freshman basketball team but has now transcended to the varsity level for the 2017-18 school year.

Coon is a special education teacher at Woodgrove High School, who transferred to Woodgrove during the 2016-2017 school year. That same year, the girls head varsity coach, Kevin Copley, decided that he would step down.

After his successful, undefeated, season of coaching the girls freshman basketball team, Coach Coon said, “I felt that it was the next step in my coaching career” to apply for the job of head varsity coach. He dedicated effort and time into the season developing practice plans.

Coon said, “We are implementing a weight room program focusing more on stamina and agility, and refining our offensive and defensive strategies as a staff.”

Going from freshman to varsity coach caused Coon to also change his coaching style.  “There’s more pressure to being a varsity coach. The idea has switched from developing those fundamentals to winning basketball games,” he said.

He considers this year to be one of learning and growth as varsity head coach, saying, “I’ve learned that there are no days off. 100% focus is needed to insure the program is running smoothly,” he said.

On his first season as varsity head coach, Coon was also joined by his new assistant coach, Terry Young. The team finished with a 11-11 regular season record, and qualified for post season play.

During the first round of the playoffs, the Lady Wolverines were knocked out by the Riverside Rams. The girls put up a tough fight, but were ultimately short two points at the end of the fourth quarter with a final score of 37-35. Next season, Coon predicts that as a team the girls will bounce back to above a .500 record.