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Golden Valley hires new girls hoops coach

• West Ranch junior varsity coach Wilson gets Grizzlies post

Posted: June 8, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
With a background of 12 years worth of coaching at the youth and junior varsity levels, James Wilson takes over as the head coach of the Golden Valley High School varsity girls basketball team.

Coming over from West Ranch High School, where he was the head coach of a junior varsity girls hoops team that won the Foothill League JV title, Wilson hopes to improve on a Grizzlies team that finished 1-9 in the Foothill League (9-17 overall). This will be Wilson's first varsity coaching job. The mark tied GVHS with the Wildcats for the worst record in the league.

"I think it's something I've been ready to do for a long time," Wilson said. "We have a young team, but we're very confident in what we hope to accomplish."

Though nine seniors left, Wilson is confident Golden Valley will make strides next season.

"We're definitely going to get better," Wilson said. "I'm intending on competing with anyone in this Valley."

The Grizzlies will be led by junior Jasmine Jefferson, the Grizzlies returning leading scorer.

Wilson, who from 1987 to 1989 played as a center at the University of Hawaii, wants to bring a multiple-set offense and a pressing defense.

The owner of a Master's degree in Communications at New Mexico State, he also spent two years playing basketball in Portugal and Lisbon.

"We don't want to let ‘em breathe," Wilson said. "We will press if we can get away with it. I have to see if our personnel matches what we want to do."

The Grizzlies will be running the triple post, Princeton offense which features screens and cuts to the basket, and the flex offense, a motion-style offense. In part to field a pressing ‘D' and a post offense, Wilson plans on installing a three-guard, two-post system.

A nice backstory has a chance at being developed in the Golden Valley-West Ranch girls basketball matchups. Wilson was the JV head coach on the staff of Wildcats varsity girls baskteball head coach Ron Manalastas, who has been with the West Ranch program since 2002.

"Ron and I are very good friends," Wilson said. "He's the one who brought me to this area."

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