Geneseo names Hardison as new girls' basketball coach

Amy Carton
Scott Hardison has been named the new Geneseo girls’ varsity basketball coach for next season.

A change in his career has led Scott Hardison back to the Geneseo basketball court as he was recently named the new head varsity girls’ basketball coach.

“First, I got a business teaching position at the high school and once I secured a job that pays the bills I jumped at the chance to be the girls’ coach,” said Hardison. “I really enjoyed working with the girls when I coached girls’ basketball at Geneseo six years ago and I am ready now to have my own program.”

Hardison is no stranger to Geneseo athletics. He currently serves as the Geneseo junior varsity softball coach, a position he has held since the 2005 season; he has served as the girls’ tennis coach since 2006 and his last season of girls’ basketball at GHS was the 2004-05 season where he served as an assistant to Bob Thomas.

In his absence from the Geneseo sidelines, Hardison has held four different coaching positions at three different schools.

He was an assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach for one year at UTHS, head freshman boys’ basketball coach for one year at North Scott High School, head sophomore boys’ basketball coach for two years at North Scott and varsity boys’ basketball assistant for the last two years at Sherrard High School.

“The more experience at different levels has allowed me to deal with the trials and tribulations,” said Hardison. “I have a lot of experience under my belt and now it is my turn to run the show.

“Ten years of coaching basketball has given me the experience and I am ready to face those unknowns.”

As with every new coach, Hardison plays to implement his own philosophy to the girls’ program.

“We are going to push the ball quite a bit on offense and get after people on defense,” he said. “I hang my hat on defense and rebounding. It will take time for the girls to buy into the program, but if they can, we will be able to carry on the program’s success.”

This season, Hardison plans to mix things up offensively and defensively.

“I think in order to be a top team you have to be able to mix it up and play both ways, zone and man-to-man,” he said.

“I think we have a lot of talent back on the inside and that success and experience is something that I look forward to leaning on. The program has had success and I have high expectations.”

Hardison’s goals for his first season is to have the Lady Leafs win a conference title, a regional title and to keep building on what has been established.

“Steve Brucher ran a great program and he has been good about getting me tapes and good with the transition,” said Hardison. “And John Wagner is staying on as an assistant, which will help in the transition.”

Coach Hardison believes his strengths are his preparedness, his experience and his enthusiasm for the game.

“I want to work hard. I want to be the first one in the gym and the last one out,” he said. “I want to show the girls that the harder you work the better we can be.”

The biggest obstacle Hardison will face in his first season is knowing his opponents.

With his new duties as girls’ basketball coach and a new job, Hardison has decided to step down as the girls’ tennis coach, but will stay on as the JV softball coach.

Hardison will be the new business and computer teacher at Geneseo High School in the fall.

“I am excited about getting into camp and getting started,” said Hardison. “I just really enjoy the up and down nature of the game and the difference from game to game. No game is the same.”