The Nocona boy’s basketball program will be led by incoming Coach Brody Wilson next year.
Wilson comes to the Indians program after spending five years at Stephenville serving as an assistant coach, the last two years being the associate head coach.
Besides being the head boy’s basketball coach, Wilson also will lead the boy’s cross country team and is expected to help during track season.
Wilson said he was familiar with Nocona since he went to school at Midway in Henrietta. When the opportunity came available he jumped at the chance.
“I’ve always felt like Nocona was a great place,” Wilson said. “It is a great community with great people. That was first and foremost what I thought about. When the job came open, I thought it was a great opportunity and just got excited.”
Wilson was vague with any details about strategy since he has only just met some of his athletes in the last two weeks.
He is in the middle of trying to find a place to live and is still commuting from Stephenville.
What he did share was his belief that he will value teamwork above all no matter what scheme he settles on.
“First and foremost having kids that just work hard, who are tough nosed,” Wilson said. “That are gritty, especially on the defensive end. Playing together as a unit, not just as a bunch of individuals and that’s on both sides of the ball.”
One thing that Wilson said echoes Athletic Director Blake Crutsinger’s vision of having kids involved in multiple sports.
His experience at Stephenville, with the football team’s run to the state title last year eating into the pre-district schedule in basketball, furthered that belief for him.
“I want all of the kids to play everything,” Wilson said. “To be involved in everything they can. That is going to make them a better player overall, better person and just builds that work ethic.”
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