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Monday, December 20, 2010

Praising an underrated coach

Glancing at the box scores and articles for Friday's boys basketball games in his cave on Saturday morning, Kosmo was enthralled by what took place at Rochester Adams on Friday night.
Visiting Ferndale rallied from a third-quarter deficit and then hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds to pull out a 61-58 over Adams.
Kosmo isn't really surprised by Ferndale's early success because head coach Tom Staton has done a nice job turning that program around, but the K-Man is somewhat amazed that Adams still is at worse a solid team every single year.
The Highlanders only returned one starter this year, are in a school district that splits the talent three ways with Rochester and Stoney Creek and don't usually trot out many Division I college players on a yearly basis.
For that, it's time to give praise to head coach John Hall and his staff for how much they get out of the players.
A lot of coaches around the county are well-respected for their longevity and how they bring out the best in their players, such as Clarkston's Dan Fife, Troy's Gary Fralick, George Porritt of St. Mary's and Tom Negoshian of North Farmington. While not in Oakland County, Greg Esler of Warren De La Salle is another fine example of that.
But in his 12th season, Hall has to be mentioned in that group as well. Glancing at Adams each year, there don't appear to be many reasons whey the Highlanders should annually compete for league titles and have 15-win seasons.
But they somehow do, which speaks for how good a coaching staff is in place at Adams.


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