Rogers set to lead both varsity Indian squads on the courtPublished 9:02am Friday, July 5, 2013
Longtime Wetumpka High basketball coach Ed Rogers is going to have a lot on his plate this fall after being named the new varsity boys basketball coach. He’s also the varsity girls head basketball coach.
“I’ve never been in this position before,” said Rogers, Monday morning. “Even though I coached our middle school girls teams and then coached the varsity girls, I’ve never coached two varsity teams. But that’s what makes this so intriguing.”
Rogers isn’t coming in exactly cold to the boys’ game.
He’s been a postseason fixture on former coach Chris Washington’s bench and helped out at practice sometimes before, sometimes after the girls finished.
“Coach Chris had a good system in place,” said Rogers. “It’s not like I’m coming in and having to rebuild a program. The boys team has had some success. My goal is to try to take it to that next level with the guys that we have. That’s what falls on my shoulders.”
Rogers inherits a Tribe that has been area champions and last year advanced to the sub-state round after finishing second in area play (Thompson won the area).
While Rogers is expecting the Indians to take that next step, the Lady Tribe is on the verge of making something special happen.
“This is the group that I’ve been with since they were seventh-graders,” said Rogers. “I just want to see these girls through. We finished our summer program and went 5-2 at Samford. They’ve been with me so they know what’s expected and how far this team can go.”
The Lady Indians should be pretty sporty this fall with Adrian Armstrong, Zemoriah Clark, Courtney Richardson and Heather Reese returning to lead the charge.
The Indians aren’t going to be in too bad a shape either. Losing Terrance Leflor (All-State honorable mention) takes 26 points off the scoreboard. The Indians, though return Demarcus Hutchinson, Zac Clark and Hunter Reese.
“You always wish you had that 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9, guy move in,” said Rogers. “Last year, when I was coaching the middle school, we spent so much time coaching fundamentals that we were limited as to what we did during the games. On this level, and with this talent, I can open up the whole playbook for the guys and let them showcase their abilities.”
Rogers said he has high expectations for Hutchinson, who will play center.
“He’s going to be the key for us,” said Rogers. “He’s going to be the centerpiece of what we do.”
Rogers will fill a physical education position at Wetumpka High.
“Here’s the biggest thing, I’m excited to be their coach,” said Rogers. “But I’m coming over to the high school too. That’s going to help hold them accountable and give me an athletic period. I can dedicate 30 minutes or an hour to watching film every day and that’s going to help the kids better understand what they are doing and what they need to accomplish.”