CHIPMUNKS THIN ON NUMBERS, HEAVY ON WORK RATE
Good days are ahead for Archbishop Chapelle basketball. However, in the 2013-2014 season head coach Kiely Schork says her goals for her team are simple
"Have a great attitude," said Schork. "And play hard."
Schork readily admits her Chipmunks are in the midst of a rebuilding year. She will dress out just nine players.
Among those is sophomore point guard Kayla Jones, the daughter of former Rummel star and West Jeff head coach Rusty Jones.
Schork said she is trying to develop a culture at Chapelle that mirrors that of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. She says the Spurs do some things consistently every night.
"They play hard, hustle, and do all the little things," said Schork.
Her favorite NBA player is Shane Battier, a player who she says puts team first. Battier has won back-to-back NBA titles with the Miami Heat nd was a member of Duke University's 2001 NCAA champions.
Schork was a four-time all GCAC selection at Loyola University from 2004 through 2008. She graduated with a communications degree. In her senior year, she began to think about coaching.
Her goal she says is to "help kids get to the next level."
As for coaching philosophy, Schork said she believes in man-to-man defense. "If you can play man, you can play zone," said Schork. "But if you play zone, you can't necessarily play man."
The Chipmunks have a solid basketball tradition. Archbishop Chapelle is only five years removed from winning the state 5A basketball championship. The Chipmunks beat Natchitoches Central in the quarterfinals, Walker in the semifinals and routed Lafayette 47-25 in the 5A championship game.
A native of Burlingame, California, Schork has ambition of returning the Chipmunks to that lofty perch.
Just how far they have to go may be discovered against a very deep field in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.