After getting his start with the Pierson seventh grade basketball team last season, Dan White has taken over a Pierson varsity basketball squad in need of a fresh start. After going 2-16 last year, White will need to bring together a talented group of individuals who may be in need of motivation and a winning mentality that may have been lacking in recent years.
White seems just the man to make this turnaround happen. A four year varsity basketball player at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., he was a two year starter. White was named captain of the squad during his senior year. A former native of the Albany area, White was a member of his high school’s team that made it to the New York State Final Four in 2005.
“I’ve coached a lot of AAU and varsity summer leagues. Last year, I coached the Pierson seventh grade team, but what I’m doing this year is a whole different animal. I think that I’m ready for it though.
“I want my team to take pride in their defense. I want them to be able to go to another team’s gym and have the other team walk out saying, ‘wow, we couldn’t get anything going tonight.’
“At the end of the day, my goals are to allow the kids the freedom to play the game of basketball. I’m not the type of guy to tell them ‘oh, you have to go here, you have to go there.’ I give them some guidelines to play the game, but I’m not going to give them these complex offensive scenarios. I want them to just go out and play the game and have fun.”