NEW COACHES ON THE BLOCK

Spain hungry to revive Aggie hoops


Sean Spain was named Poteet’s new boys basketball Head Coach on July 12. He’s ready to revive the Aggies and get them back to the playoffs. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sean Spain was named Poteet’s new boys basketball Head Coach on July 12. He’s ready to revive the Aggies and get them back to the playoffs. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Poteet Aggies basketball team will look to make history under their third new Head Coach in as many years when the 2021-2022 season rolls around.

Former San Antonio Churchill assistant Sean Spain was named Poteet’s new boy’s basketball coach on July 12. Spain had stops as an assistant at Somerset and San Antonio Southwest before going to Churchill.

The 2007 graduate of Lytle High School understands the challenges ahead of him and is ready to take them head-on. The Aggies have not made the playoffs since 2018, which came on the end of a fouryear streak of consecutive playoff berths. They were 3-15 overall and 3-11 in District 27-3A last season. The Aggies will also hope to notch their first playoff win in program history in 2022.

“I did my research and one of the biggest challenges that can’t be overlooked is this is the third Head Coach in three years,” Spain said. “It does become a unique challenge in that you have to gain the trust of the players. They’re having to learn different philosophies and concepts for the third year in a row. A different language of basketball, if you will. You have to take that into consideration before taking on a program such as this.”

 

 

Once Spain interviewed for the job, he didn’t have a second thought about accepting. Lessons he had learned under former Southwest Head Coach Caesar Smith and Churchill Head Coach Brad Lacey have prepared him for his foray into the world of a Head Coach. Hearing Athletic Director Darby House’s vision for Poteet’s athletics program as a whole was the selling point for Spain.

“I didn’t think twice about it,” Spain said. “I came down and talked to coach House. He told me all the great things Poteet’s doing in athletics. It is on the up and they expect to have a very competitive class this year. Taking all those things into consideration, I think I have a good grasp of the [program] and I’m excited.”

Spain feels his experience from all levels in the UIL will help him get the most out of Poteet’s players. It doesn’t matter what classification, you can find good basketball anywhere and Poteet is no different, he said.

While Poteet struggled in the 2020-2021 season, Spain knows there are positives to pull from in that year. The biggest of which is the amount of varsity experience some of the younger players got. They’ll bring back six players from last year’s team.

“There’s no substitute for experience,” Spain said. “Whether or not last year ended the way they wanted it to, you can take the positives out of that and that’s a lot of guys got varsity experience. You simply can’t replicate the varsity speed of the game unless you play it.”

Growing up in Lytle, Spain understands multisport athletes are not uncommon. With the Aggies expected to make plenty of noise on the gridiron, he hopes that success can also translate on the hardwood when the players eventually make that transition.

“There’s little things from the other sports that are going to carry over,” he added. “Hopefully that success is going to sprinkle into our [basketball] program as well, where they know what it takes to win. They’ll know the commitment that it takes to win and the preparation it takes on the field. Some of that is going to carry over into the basketball world as well.”

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