YORK — First-year York Comprehensive High School head boys’ basketball coach Michael Dalton is settling into his new position.
Dalton, who served as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Gaffney before accepting the head coaching job at YCHS, knows about preseason preparations without varsity football players in the playoffs.
Dalton had to wait for a good many varsity football players to bolster the basketball lineup once Gaffney’s playoff run had ended.
“It’s the same situation here in York,” Dalton said after a scrimmage game against Blacksburg last week.
“We want the Cougar football team to do well, knowing we will have from eight to 10 varsity players added to the basketball roster once the football season is over,” Dalton said. “The junior varsity and ninth-grade teams also will pick up players from the football team, bringing the total number to the 20 to 25 range.”
Meanwhile, Dalton continues to evaluate existing personnel, especially in game-type scrimmages with area teams.
“We hosted Blacksburg in a scrimmage with the use of four role players, four JV players and two ninth-graders,” he said.
“We got good effort out of the kids. They are learning about boxing out, rebounding and defense.”
Dalton accepted the head coaching job at YCHS, intent on overhauling the basketball program.
“We need to get better from seventh grade to 12th grade,” he said. “We will put in the hours it takes.”
Dalton prefers a fast tempo style of play and pressure defense, depending on the players’ willingness to adapt.
“It can sometimes be referred to as street ball with structure,” he said.
Dalton said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, but there’s no panic.
“December will be the month to put it all together with a full roster,” he said.
Though a bit overmatched in some of the preseason scrimmages, Dalton said the experience will be good for current players having to fill key positions.