Coach Kevin Strozier already has stamped his imprint on the Kingston High School Buccaneers girls basketball program.Strozier
, who spent the past seven seasons as a head coach at Lincoln High School
in Tacoma, is one of the most recognized b-ball coaches in the Pacific Northwest. He
expects nothing less than excellence from his
teams, which was evident during the second day of practice Nov. 13 in the KHS gymnasium.
The Buccaneers didn't take a single shot until the 57th minute of the session.Strozier's
practices focus on intensity, conditioning and defense. Strozier
thinks the Buccaneers have the talent to advance deep into postseason play.
"I told the team yesterday that I think this team right here is more talented than the team I coached the first year I was at Lincoln," he
said."We have talented kids here and for us to be successful, we have to put in the work.I think we'll go as far as how hard we work.When it comes down to February or March other teams are tired and we're going to have to want it.Championship teams don't quit until they reach that goal."
The road to the championship will have its share of stepping stones along the way, Strozier
"There's going to be a lot of steps.We have to take care of our league, have to take care of our district and have to take care of our state," he
said."Once you get to state, everyone is good and it's any one's ball game." Strozier
is familiar with winning and doesn't expect that to change just because he's
at a new school.
"We're going to be team that competes for championships," he
said."That's what I'm used to.The bar is raised high and everyone on the team will raise their level of play to that.I think this team has a chance to do some special things."
Senior center Aubin Duncan said Strozier
reminds her of local North Kitsap basketball coaching legend Tony Chisholm.
approach to the game reminds me of Chiz (Chisholm)," she said.