New Carlton head coach Adam Bailey wins first game—the battle of the Little Brown Jug, with a 50-38 victory.
BY JOHN GRONES
If the first game is any indication, new head Carlton boys basketball coach Adam Bailey is already making progress towards his number one goal—igniting that Bulldog passion.
The Carlton Bulldogs opened the season with a 50-38 victory over the Wrenshall Wrens in the battle for the Little Brown Jug.
That passion was displayed on the sidelines by Bailey in Carlton on Friday as he adamantly encouraged his players.
Bailey shared that he has very little experience. He worked with the junior high program for a couple of years and was an assistant at Cotton, but that won’t matter.
“I’m young, but I bring a lot,” said Bailey. “I had outstanding coaches growing up and if I can be a quarter of the coaches that raised and taught me, I will be successful.”
“It may not be immediate success in wins and losses,” noted Bailey, “But, if we get better every day and we are showing progress that will be successful.”
The 2002 graduate of Carlton was a three year starter and praises his coaches who have given him the inspiration to give back to the program.
“I want these boys to learn how to become a man just like the coaches taught me,” concluded Bailey.
Dan Johnson takes over at Silver Bay
At Silver Bay, last year’s assistant coach Dan Johnson will be taking over the girls basketball program this season. Coach Johnson was assistant the past two years and was a head coach at Fond du Lac prior to that.
Coach Johnson is a math teacher at Silver Bay and shared that he enjoys the opportunity to work with students outside of the classroom. “I believe that coaching is just an extension of the school day,” said Johnson. “I use this time not only to teach basketball skills, but hopefully introduce my players to various life skills.”