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English takes over as coach at Beallsville

November 22, 2013
By RICK THORP - Times Leader Sports Writer , Times Leader

By day, Ty English toils in the coal mine. By night, he sits the bench as a high school basketball coach.

Two distinctly different occupations, but two that feature many of the same objectives.

One of the most obvious is to yield the best talent/product out of an array of many, polish it and help make sure it reaches its potential by the time it reaches its end stage

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PICTURED IS the 2013-14 Beallsville girls basketball team. Front row, from left, are Talitha Bedford, Kristen Shaffer, manager Tae English, Rikki Decker and Jackie Myers. Second row, from left, are Morgan Myers, Katlyn Vannest, Lane Bedford, Courtney Vance and Rebecca Rutter. Back row, from left, are assistant coach Savannah Burke, Brooke Rainey, assistant coach Ron Riser, Dicey Stewart, head coach Ty English, Randi Ring, assistant coach Jeff Fluharty, Sarah Quilon and assistant coach Katey Kinney.

That's what English hopes to do as the newest coach of Beallsville's girls' hoops program. He replaces Rick Jarrett, who moved over to the boys' program to assist it's first-year coach, Jordan Stephens.

''We'll be growing up together, that's for sure,'' English said in reference to the Blue Devils' young squad

As a 1994 graduate of the school, English is extremely excited about the opportunity to, not only be a head coach, but to do so at his alma mater.

English played his freshman year for the legendary Lou ''Scooter'' Tolzda. He completed the final three years of his prep career at Beallsville playing for Jeff Stephens.

It was at Beallsville where his desire to become a coach began.

He started as a junior high coach and worked his way up to varsity assistant.

''I'd known Delmas (Moore, the school's athletic director) growing up,'' English said. ''So, when he said they needed a junior high coach, that's how it all started. I took (that job) as soon as a I had a chance.''

When Jarrett decided to move over to the boys' side, Moore contacted English again. And, again, English leapt at the opportunity.

''This is totally different (than coaching junior high or being an assistant),'' he said with a hint of enthusiasm in his voice. ''I'm trying to take everything I've learned about coaching through the years and take it forward into this job.

''I'm going to lead this team as far as it can go.''

For English, that's the state tournament. Sounds like a lofty goal for a school the size of Beallsville. But for English, shooting for the stars is the only way to go.

''It will be a learning experience ... for the players and for me,'' he said. ''I wish we had more seniors, but we'll go with what we have and grow from there.''

Graduation claimed standouts Katie Kinney, Madison Stephens and Mikayla Headley. But plenty of talent remains, English said. And it's his job to make sure it's polished and ready to shine.

To that end, Beallsville has its newer facilities to do that in.

''It's definitely a lot better than it was when I was here,'' English said of the new gyms.''Sometimes, we didn't get to practice until 7:30 p.m.

''Things are certainly a lot more efficient here.''

Speaking of efficient, that's how English wants to see his offense run.

''I'm waiting to run the ball,'' he said. ''But, with some teams you're not going to be able to do that.

''Most of the time I want to be full speed; up and down is the pace I like.''

The lone senior back in the fold is Lane Bedford (5-4).

Bedford came to Monroe County from the Columbus area last year and is a soccer player. Her kicking ability caught the eye of Blue Devils football coach Paul Kanzigg, who made her the team's kicker. Kanzigg's squad recently completed a 6-5 campaign, which resulted an appearance in the Division VI, Region 25 playoffs.

''She's real quick,'' English said of Bedford. ''I noticed her last year. She's a leader and some people will tell you she was born to be a leader.''

Bedford will be a guard and could start at the point.

''Being a leader is the one thing we need from her and I know she'll do an excellent job.''

Among the large corps of juniors is Dicey Stewart (6-0).

''She's very physical,'' English noted. ''She's hard to get out of the way when she gets the ball inside and that's what her purpose is.''

Joining Stewart inside will be junior Randi Ring (5-9).

Another pair of juniors returning to the fold are Sarah Quilon (5-7) and Morgan Myers (5-3).

''The one thing I like about her is she really worked on her defense in the offseason,'' English said of Myers.

A pair of returning sophomores looking to make an impact are Kristin Schafer (5-8) and Kaitlyn Vannest (5-3). Schafer will fill a utility role, while English described Vannest as a ''quick guard.''

Of the newcomers to the roster, one is an upperclassman - junior Brikki Decker. English said she hasn't played since junior high, but he expects her to catch on quick.

The rest of the roster is comprised of freshmen - Jackie Myers (5-6), Rebecca Rutter (5-5), Brooke Rainey (5-8) and Courtney Vance (5-6).

''When we did open gyms (in the summer) we had about eight or nine girls there and they worked really well together,'' English said. ''They are pretty good friends.

''And those (open gyms) were very important. We had the younger coming in to get a feel of what to expect.''

New to Beallsville's schedule this winter are Valley and Bishop Donahue.

English is assisted by Jeff Fluharty, Ron Reiser, former Beallsville and Ohio University Eastern player Savannah Burke, and Kinney.



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