The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team takes the court in 2018 under new Coach Michael Stenseth, who brings ample experience to the position.
“What I say, they try to go out there and do,” said Stenseth. “That is very encouraging and it is how you put a team together.”
In total, Stenseth coached for 35 seasons. He reached the Regional tournament twice with Valley Mills, took Ingleside to Regionals in his second season with the team and reached the state tournament with Rudder. This was the only women’s team from Bryan to ever qualify for state. In 2016, Coach Stenseth won the Dean Weiss 5A Outstanding Girls Coach of the Year Award. He will bring with him the same style of play that helped him find success throughout his career.
“It is going to be up-tempo,” said Stenseth. “I hope that translates into us being able to score well and I think we can put a lot of pressure on teams and run faster than they want to. We will try and prevent teams from getting an easy bucket. They will have to grind it out against us.”
In the past, Stenseth has taken coaching roles at schools that did not have established success on the basketball court. He believes that this made him focus on the little details and helped him become a better teacher of the game.
“I have had multiple girls talk about how long it has been since North Zulch has been in the basketball playoffs,” said Stenseth. “You cannot have any greater expectations until you make it to the postseason. I want us to do better than a first round exit, but we have to make the playoffs first.”
Last year, the Lady Bulldogs dropped a play-in game at the end of district play to miss out on the postseason.
One of the greatest advantages for North Zulch in 2018 will be depth. They will boast a deep bench that can keep their players fresh throughout the game.
The Lady Bulldogs were back in action on Tuesday against Mumford at home. On Saturday, they will host Cornerstone for their homecoming contest.