By Gary Johnson
Despite only having a short period of time to prepare for the season, first-year Shelbyville Central Golden Eagle basketball coach Shane Young is already making an impact on the program.
Young was hired back in June and hit the road running with team camps and off season workouts.
“Since I took over the program, we have been really busy. We’ve worked on building team unity, getting grades up and trying to establish a positive and productive culture,” Young said. “We have also been working with our seniors so they can be great men and leaders, both on and off the court.”
This season will be a work in progress within the hopes of the team improving as the season goes along to contend by the postseason.
“That’s our goal, to be competitive by tournament time. The guys are learning the system and the seniors now, have had three coaches in their four years in this program,” Young said. “We are going out and competing in every game but as the season goes along we gain more experience and we will need that in the postseason. We just need to trust the process day by day and game by game.”
Senior Kyler Trice is returning and has been a coach on the floor. He brings a lot of playing experience and leadership to this team.
Seniors Terrance Johnson and Joe Harris are returning starters as well and will be called upon to be team leaders as well .
Sophomore Tay’Shawn Shelton is returning and looks to build after a very impressive freshman year.
The Golden Eagles should have a lot of depth which is much needed for the aggressive style defense they want to play.
Shelbyville Central is in a District 9-4A along with Coffee County, Columbia, Lincoln County, Warren County and Spring Hill.
Coach Young has also incorporated a full junior varsity as well as a freshman schedule to help build the future of the program.