“Hard work really pays off”
[ by Than Acuff ]
There is no doubt that new Crested Butte Titans men’s basketball head coach Hannes Gehring is putting his players to the test. And Gehring knows a bit about how to put himself to the test as a late flowering basketball player and ultra competitive marathon runner.
Gehring didn’t start playing basketball until his freshman year of high school, but through hard work and determination he became a debutant at a 6A school in Oregon and earned a scholarship to play four years of college basketball.
âI would go with my dad and shoot 1,000 shots a day in the gym,â says Gehring.
He also attributes his college career somewhat to a unique turn of events when he was in his final year of high school.
âKevin Love (five-time NBA star who won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers) was a freshman and college scouts would come to games to watch him and must have noticed me too,â Gehring said.
After college basketball was over, Gehring admits he was a bit exhausted but quickly found his fate in the sport when he started coaching at Kent Denver and eventually moved to Crested Butte and was an assistant coach. of the Titans last season.
âI knew deep in my head that I was supposed to train,â Gehring says. âI feel like that’s what I was born for. “
Former Titans head coach Brandin Hamilton moved at the end of the school year last year and Gehring immediately took on the head coach job and immediately got to work opening the gymnasium for optional training sessions and stepping up optional training sessions in the fall, and players responded.
âWe had some really strong optional workouts and we started running,â says Gehring. âThere was interest, commitment and a core of older people who just kept coming forward and engaging in the process. The kids have embraced that and bought into it, and we’re so much further along because of it. “
Gehring has a legion of coaches also helping with John Mahoney, Tyler Reynolds, former Titan Robbie Holleran, Amy Galley and Mike Bacani all on board with the plan and helping out.
They officially opened the season on Monday November 15th and Gehring has been pushing the players from day one and they are all on the rigorous diet offered to them.
âThe goal has been to get everyone into optimal physical shape,â says Gehring. “I think we’re in better shape after a week of training than at any time last year and they’re starting to see it.”
But it’s more than that. Gehring firmly believes that he has players who, when they reach a certain level of fitness, will be ready for massive success this season.
âThey are particularly talented and competitive and I think our level of fitness can take us to the next level,â Gehring said.
Gehring intends to start implementing his defensive and offensive plans next week with a plan to use high pressure, high intensity defense to pave the way for an explosive attack.
âFrantic, aggressive and competitive,â says Gehring.
And it’s not just about four or five guys, as Gehring believes he has a solid bench of players who can contribute to the squad at any point in any game.
âWe have depth,â says Gehring. âWe have a fast, fast and competitive bench. I want everyone in the game to feel invincible.
Gamers are seeing it too and have developed an all inclusive that could be the last key ingredient to success this year.
“They are selfless by nature and our best players really relish the success of their teammates,” said Gehring. âIf and when we win a state, it will come down to this. “
But it starts with fitness and Gehring wants to bring the team to a level of fitness before the season kicks off so the team can then send them overdrive.
âHard work really pays off,â says Gehring. âWe want to peak in February when we hit the districts, regions and state. It’s so much nicer when you put the work into it.
The Titans open the season with two games at Grand Junction, then stay on the road until January. In fact, they only have five home games all season with their first home game not until Friday, January 14.
âWe would love to win a state, create excellence and be competitive every year and I think our talent has the potential to do that,â says Gehring.