“Hands down, Brian is the best assistant I have ever had,” Shearmire said of the new coach. “ I’m really looking forward to his being here. I think we will be good sounding boards for each other.”
Miller’s familiarity with the district is a determinate of his approach to make the Roos competitive in a talented, athletic league.
“We have to focus on ourselves, first and foremost,” Miller said. “Determining our strengths and getting the guys to buy in to where our advantages lie is important.
“We have to compete at a level that puts us in a position to win. In a district as athletic as this one, we have to have a mentality of over-achieving and gain confidence from that as we improve.”
Shearmire, entering his third season leading the Lady Roos and offering a peak in the postseason last year, is upbeat about the prospects of the coming season.
“One of the positives looking at this season is that we will have some size,” he said. “We’ll have also have some awesome shooters, and I’m seeing some good talent at the JV level, so we may want to bring up a couple of those girls, as well.
With the camp just concluded, Shearmire got a look at some of the incoming freshmen and had good things to say about that group, as well.
Shearmire reported a good turnout for the camp, with more than 70 kids in the morning session for the younger kids, and nearly as many for the older kids in the afternoon session.
The Lady Roos coach has enjoyed Miller’s input at the camp, with some of the innovative drills he has introduced to the campers.
“I have really enjoyed the camp this week,” Miller said. “This camp is different — much bigger — than the clinics I’ve run in the past, but when it gets down to it, it’s about teaching the kids the basics.
“It’s just great to get the kids in this environment, and to get them excited about the game.”