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The Spencer County Lady Bears basketball team has been busy this summer conditioning, practicing and learning the methods of a new coach. David Marion comes to Taylorsville with 14 years of coaching experience, 13 of which has been in the girls’ game.
Last year, Marion was the head coach of the boys’ varsity team at Brown High School in Louisville, but prior to that spent several years in Bullitt County, Whitefield Academy and Doss High School coaching or assisting in the girls’ programs.
Marion has taken advantage of relaxed KHSAA rules that allows coaches to spend more hours with their teams in the summer, and that will help him and his team make the transition to a new coach following the resignation of former Lady Bears’ Coach Daniel Cox after last season.
“We’ve had the opportunity to get a lot of work done this summer,” said Marion, and he said he and his assistants, Kala Marshall and Lisa Smith, have been impressed with the girls who have attended the summer workouts.
“Their work ethic has been really good and they have a strong desire to be better,” said Marion
Taking over a program that has struggled to get wins in recent years, Marion knows better than to guarantee any immediate success on the scoreboard, but said he does guarantee that he’ll work to continue the improvement Cox began to instill and he said that attitude should produce more wins down the road.
And, in the future, Marion isn’t afraid to dream big.
“Our eventual goals are the same as everyone,” he said. “We want to win the district, win the region, go to Diddle Arena for the state championship. We just have to put the time and effort in to accomplish that goal.”
Marion is realistic enough to know that will take more players and more commitment.
“We have to get more kids involved in basketball. We need them to get started at an earlier age so that they have time to learn to love and play the game.”