By Nabila Mahmud
Due to team work, dedication, and the hard work of Duane Sigsbury, the boys’ varsity basketball team has only improved throughout the past four years, according to players.
Starting off with a season ending record of 14-7 in 2009 and ending with a 17-5 record last year, Sigsbury has set this current year’s team up for victory by progressively improving his coaching methods each year.
According to senior captain Joe Burgess, Sigsbury’s coaching method has lead to triumph for two reasons: Sigsbury’s unique coaching style and the bond formed between the team and the coach.
“It’s the way he taught us to play the game. He taught us to work together as a team. He just made us all better competitors,” Burgess said.
On a personal level, Sigsbury has affected each player in his own way. According to senior captain Sean Nally, Sigsbury is one of the people that influence him the most in an “unexplainable” type of way.
Senior captain Casey Weld attributes his personal growth within the game entirely to Sigsbury.
“Sigs has changed my game in a variety of ways. He’s showed me that in anything I do, I’ve got to go 100 percent. On the court he’s taught us toughness and determination. Under his coaching my game has improved tremendously, and our team accredits ALL of our success to his coaching,” Weld said.
Senior captain Chris Bishop agreed.
“He is the greatest coach we’ve ever had. He just wants us to succeed, and as long as we put the work in and show up, he’s pretty much able to outcoach anyone,” Bishop said.
In terms of knowledge of the sport, the consensus is obvious: Sigsbury truly knows the game.
“He’s got everything down to a system. He can formulate plays in like three seconds,” Nally said. Manager Max Rodier supports Nally in saying, “He motivates the team and is very skillful. He has a deep knowledge of the game.”
Although the pure skill and dedication can be attributed the team’s 13-2 record, according to Nally the bond is what really connects the team on the court.
“Sigs is a great guy, he loves us all and we love him back. Best coach in the world,” Nally said.