Olivia Benson – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) The 2018-19 LRHS basketball season is quickly approaching, which is an exciting time for the Mustangs. Last year the mustangs were ranked 23rd in the state, and academically ranked second.
Mustang head coach Jeremy Schiller has led the team to success. Schiller played basketball at Brandon High school in Tampa and played his freshman year at Eckerd college in St. Petersburg. Schiller started coaching high school when he was 19 years old and has been coaching high school and college basketball for 19 years.
Schiller’s greatest influence for coaching comes from his grandmother who taught first grade for 25 years. Schiller said, “I wanted to have a life-long impact on people the same way my grandmother did.”
The Mustang basketball program is anything but small. Junior varsity is expected to have 20 players that make up an “A” and “B” team, two student assistants, and four coaches. Varsity is expected to have 14 players, three student assistants, and three coaches.
Schiller stresses the importance of teamwork and team building. With workouts, Schiller has the players work on breaking down building blocks that will help them be successful with the upcoming season. Kids participating in the program have practice six days a week for two hours.
With everyone looking forward to the season Schiller is most looking forward to continuing his “journey with a great group of kids and coaches. We are fortunate to coach in program with hard working committed players. We are going to have a lot of great experiences together. We work really hard in our program, but we have a lot of fun.”
The hard work the team puts in has paid off. The varsity players will be competing in the Kingdom of the Sun tournament for the fourth year in a row. For 40 years this tournament has been one of the most prestigious in Florida.
This year the team is travelling out of state for the first time. Varsity will compete in the National Prep Showcase in New Orleans. Assistant coach Drexel Houston said he’s most looking forward “to playing with some of the best teams in the country, not just the state.”