The Geneseo freshman boys’ basketball team has a new coach in Garret Albers.
Albers, a first-year history and government teacher at Geneseo High School, is no stranger to Geneseo athletics. He served as an assistant coach for the sophomore and varsity football teams this fall.
“I was looking for a job and Larry Johnsen Jr. had e-mailed my football coach (at Central College), so I found out from there,” he said. “Geneseo is a great community and has great support. I decided this was the place I wanted to be at.”
Although Albers has been away from the sport of basketball for a few years, playing in high school, but focusing on football in college, he said basketball is a sport he always has loved.
“I had a great opportunity here and (coaching basketball) is something I wanted to do,” he said. “It wasn’t something I expected right away, but I am glad it is happening. Football and basketball (coaching positions) were available. It was the ideal situation.
Even though Albers is new to the boys’ basketball program, he was able to get to know and work with his players over the summer so it was a smooth transition once practices started.
“I really don’t have a whole lot of expectations being my first year, but we are going to have fun,” he said. “Winning also is much more fun than losing, so we expect to win.
“I don’t think we have any NBA prospects on the team so what they can learn through athletics is so much more than technique on the court. The goal is not just the win/loss record, but building character and building these kids up.”
As far as goals he would like to accomplish during his first year on the bench for the Leafs, coach Albers hopes to have a fun and successful year, along with having his team improve each game to set them up for the future.
“I hope we can leave the season better young men and basketball players than we were when we came in,” he said.
Coach Albers believes his experience as a student-athlete will help him relate to his players, guide them through the season and hopefully lead the Leafs to success.
“I have been a student-athlete for as long as I can remember and that is who I am coaching,” he said. “I am familiar with everything they have in front of them and am prepared to handle that as a coach and teacher.
“Also, coaching football was nice to have time to get to know the culture of Geneseo more and the players, which has been helpful to get my feet wet.”
Page 2 of 2 - Even though Albers has not been coaching long, he said some of his strengths are being able to relate to his players and reading the situation. He also said what he has learned from other coaches in the past will help him.
“I have learned so much, all different kinds of philosophies and that is something that will stick with me,” he said. “I hope I can pass that on to my players of how to be a player and successful.
“Experience is a big challenge (to overcome). It is a learning process.”
The freshmen open the 2012-13 season at Dixon at 6 p.m. Nov. 26.
“I am looking forward to seeing how the guys play in a game situation and to see how they respond in game situations,” said Albers.