Burns named boys’ basketball coach

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By John Shindlebower

Jason Burns was scheduled to meet with players and parents Monday night during his informal introduction as the new boys’ basketball head coach at Spencer County High School, but he’s already been making the rounds.

Burns said he came to Taylorsville last week to watch some student-athletes on the softball and baseball diamond and was able to meet with many of the students and parents. He told many of those he met that he wants to get started right away.
“We’ll start next week,” said Burns, 28, who comes after spending four years as an assistant at South Oldham High School and one year at Male.
He said the players will be in the gym a few days a week and then when June hits, it will be daily. He plans to involve the boys in some summer leagues and tournaments and by next fall when the season rolls around, he should have a good idea of what kind of team he has.
What Burns lacks in head coaching experience, he may make up for in pedigree. Burns spent three years on the staff of Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville as a graduate assistant. After his high school playing days were over in Scottsburg, Ind., Burns transferred to Louisville as a sophomore. He didn’t play college basketball, but he did have a desire to coach.
After talking his way onto Pitino’s staff, he spent the first year doing just about anything. “My first year I went and got his coffee or whatever he wanted me to do. I wiped up sweat, kept stats at practice, just anything. The last two years I was on scholarship and I got to be much more involved.”
So will fans see Pitino ball in Spencer County?
“We’re gonna play defense,” said Burns. “We’re going to be Pitino where being physical and defense is the key.”
On offense, Burns said he prefers an up tempo game, he will have to see what his players are capable of and play to their strengths.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to win,” he said.
However, the culture he wants to establish on the court will highlight defense.
Coming from another 8th Region program, Burns said one thing he knows about Spencer County is that the community wants to support a winning program.
“I’ve never been to a Spencer County game that wasn’t sold out. I think we played there twice and there always seemed to be a lot of support.”