695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
Chanel Wright-Greene had a successful career at Western High school, North Carolina and professionally. She is now trying to build the program at Baltimore County's Kenwood high school and we discussed that with her in a one on one chat.
695: Please tell me about your playing days to start...
Coach: I played for Western High School from 91 to 95, North Carolina from 95 to 99. After college I played professionally in Israel from 2003 to 2005 and I played for the Minnesota Lynx for a while in 2004.
Please tell me about your coaching experience...
Coach: I was an assistant at Kenwood High school where I teach for 3 years and this is my 2nd year as head coach at Kenwood.
695: You are known for being a gym rat. Where are you playing these days?
Coach: I play for the Baltimore Starz in a women's semi pro league called the Women's Eastern Basketball Alliance. It's pretty intense and competitive. Most of the teams have some good players who have played at a high level. We've won the league title 2 of the last 3 years.
695: Who is your biggest influence on your coaching philosophy and style?
Coach: My college coaches Sylvia Hatchell and Andre Calder.
695: What challenges are you facing with the Kenwood program?
Coach: The talent in the area is not very good overall, however we are starting to get more girls participating and eventually the talent will surface. We do have 6-7 girls that have AAU experience
695: How have you handled the criticism that comes with coaching a high school team?
Coach: There will always be criticism but if you learn to ignore it and rise above it then we will always succeed.
695: How do you feel about the direction of girl’s basketball?
Coach: Overall girl’s bball is moving in a positive direction. The high school and college game is starting to become more competitive on all levels and the talent is starting to spread.
695: What are your goals for the team this season?
Coach:Of course to have a winning record, to get better each game, to compete everyday
695: How do you recruit for the program?
Coach: Usually we only have girls in the area try-out for the team.
695: Have you considered getting involved with AAU?
Coach: I have not considered coaching AAU because my daughters are involved in sports throughout the summer and my focus is on them.
695: Does coaching affect your personal life? Has it ever been a negative?
Coach: Yes in a positive way. My kids are around bball all year and I have a chance to be around a sport that I absolutely love.
695: Are your girls receptive to you since you have so much playing experience or are they clueless to the fact that you have played at a high level?
Coach: Most girls are receptive but there are a few that have no idea of my basketball background.
695: What's your biggest pet peeve as a coach?
Coach: Lack of effort.
695: Thanks for the chat and good luck this season.
Coach: Thank you.
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