It’s time for a bounce back! Last season the Christian Brothers Basketball team had a disappointing season. Their overall record at the end of the season was 6-21, and they finished with a league record of 2-10. Despite a losing record, the Falcons are set for a major comeback with the hiring of a new […]
It’s time for a bounce back! Last season the Christian Brothers Basketball team had a disappointing season. Their overall record at the end of the season was 6-21, and they finished with a league record of 2-10. Despite a losing record, the Falcons are set for a major comeback with the hiring of a new head coach Mr. Al Seyford.
Coach Seyford has an illustrious coaching background that began 23 years ago at Del Campo High School before spending time at programs such as Sheldon, Grant, Kennedy, and Foothill High Schools. Mr. Seyford’s coaching knowledge does not end at the high school level — he had the privilege to spend a few seasons at Sierra College and work as an Advanced Scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Basketball coaches have many responsibilities such as watching film, creating game strategies, and developing their players. It is even more difficult to be the CB basketball coach because of the legacy and the high standards of the school that one must uphold.
When it came down to making a decision to apply for the head coach position, Mr. Seyford says that there were three main factors: family, coaching staff, and student-athletes.
“Coaching takes a toll on one’s family,” he says. “I needed my family’s blessing, which I received.”
“I wanted to make sure I had a strong coaching staff that I enjoyed coaching with and could delegate various responsibilities,” he added. “I was fortunate to get that in place.”
The coach says that CB students are different from students at other because of the way they handle themselves on and off the court.
“I wanted to coach student-athletes who were both serious about their classwork and serious about their performance on the court. We have those students here at CB.”
Even though the team did not finish the way they wanted to last season, Coach Seyford will not let their disappointing performance from a year ago hinder their goals for this upcoming season. The coach has been preparing his players for this year since April.
“We wanted to focus on two items in the off season: weight room and skill development,” he says. “We’ve been in the weight room every week since April, and it’s paid dividends. At the same time, we implemented a skill-development program that was both simple and efficient.”
Players on the team also share the same optimism the new coach has for the team. Returning players Angelo Butler (’20) and Michael Moreno (’21) believe that this season the team will be much improved compared to last season.
“We only had two seniors last year, and I feel like we’ve been playing a long time, so our chemistry will be on top,” Michael says.
“Our chemistry is better. Last year we had a bad season and went 6-21. It made us think to ourselves and be like we need to have a better season, especially all the seniors,” Angelo says. “We are just hungrier and are more dogs this year.”
Angelo has a lot of respect for Coach Seyford and included some high praise in his thoughts about the new coach.
“Coach Al is honest and gives you 100 percent whether you are doing good or bad,” the senior says. “He’ll always have your back no matter what.”
The coach agrees with his players and has seen the improvements they have made
“We’ve seen massive growth in our players since April and feel confident we will see the results on the court.”
Every coach has a vision for their program to have success. Coach Seyford’s plan includes two main goals for the CB basketball program.
“Our first goal is to develop a program where players who buy in learn what it takes to become successful not only on the court, but in the classroom and beyond,” he says. “We want our players to be better basketball players and better men as a result of playing.”
The new coach also has a vision that would require the support of all CB students.
“We want to earn the support of the student body,” he says. “We’d love to have the Falcon Force support us at our home games. It makes a huge difference when they are there.”
The Falcons are set for their season opener on November 22 against Valley High School. Coach Seyford expects to see all of you there to support.