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11/23/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman has a new coach and great expectations
RODNEY HAAS/MinerKingman High’s Nick Delacioppa will be one of the seniors that new head coach Ron Anthony will rely on to help lead a team that won six games last year.

Kingman High’s Nick Delacioppa will be one of the seniors that new head coach Ron Anthony will rely on to help lead a team that won six games last year.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter

KINGMAN - In some cases a new coach means new everything, from a playbook to a new relationship between player and coach.

That's not the case with new Kingman High basketball head coach Ron Anthony.

Anthony was promoted to the position over the summer after former coach Dirk Walker left to become the new coach at Glendale Cactus.

"I've known these kids for a long time," Anthony said. "I've coached at the Boys & Girls Club, I've coached with the city of Kingman. I've been in the program; I've coached at Kingman Middle School. I've known a lot of these kids and been seeing them for a long time."

Anthony makes the jump from being the head junior varsity coach - a team that went 13-5 last year - to a varsity team that started the 2011-12 season at 2-0 but then proceeded to drop their next four games and ended the season 6-20.

"With what we have, we can build a winning program," Anthony said. "I'm hoping to build on the six wins from last year. My goal is for us to win more than six games."

Seniors Jerron Anthony, Nick Dellacioppa, Shane Metcalf and Xavier Camacho will be looked upon to lead the Bulldogs this year.

"They are going to bring in some good senior leadership," Anthony said. "We have a good core group of kids."

Adding to the mix will be juniors Rod Gilleo, Sean Curran and Skyler Burgess. All played key roles on Anthony's 13-win JV team and are familiar with expectations and coaching philosophies of Anthony, who said he is going to run a different offense and a little different defense than what Walker ran last year.

"The one thing that I want to bring here is if we play good defense, we are going to be in the game," he said.

Anthony remembers when he was in high school and played for a school that went to the state championship every year. It's that type of program that he wants to bring to KHS.

"It's going to all depend on how we play defense," Anthony said. "Our defense sparks our offense. We have some really good shooters, we have good size and the size is athletic."

KHS will tip off the season on Nov. 27 at home against Phoenix Barry Goldwater and will have four of their first eight games before the Christmas break at home.

"I'm excited," Anthony said. "I've been excited since the first day I found out that I was going to be the new basketball coach.

"I want to win more than six games. I want to go to the state playoffs. That's our goal and I think that should be every team's goal is want to bring success to the program."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: John Hicks

Wow one guy comments after a scrimmage and another doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to sign his real name.
Why don't you let the team play the season before you show your ignorance at least then it will be informed ignorance.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Old Hoopster

I agree with Mike. The coach has the wrong mix of players starting, including his son. The only thing he has right is the two big men. The come back on Goldwater was a result of the other players on the bench. If the coach is going to start his son, he has to recognize that the talent on the bench is going to have equal or more time if he wants to make the state playoffs. All these kids are going to have to get the time so the pressure doesn't kill them simply because they've never been exposed it.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Marcus Early

michael jordan i dont ik who you are but our coach is the best he knows how to use our players we have a amazing starting five and a great bench so stop talking stuff

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: michael jordan

I dont think he is the coach for this core group of young men. After watching a scrimmage against mohave h.s. a couple weeks back, although KHS had the better end it, he had guys coming off the bench that were a lot better than the starters were.. His coaching is very unusual... I hope we can do some damage this year..

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