The main goal for newly appointed head coach Marc Stringer is simple – get White Hall boys basketball back to the top of the mountain at which the Bulldogs once stood.
“This is where I graduated,” Stringer said. “I want to get us back to where White Hall basketball used to be, but it is going to take a lot of hard work.”
Stringer takes over the program after being at the junior high last year and as an assistant at Stuttgart for three years. He was also at Hamburg for two years.
But this is Stringer’s first year as a head coach for a senior high team. So far, Stringer said the job has been stressful more than anything.
“It has just been a lot of back and forth,” Stringer said. “Between coaching here and at the junior high, I’ve had to take on a lot of responsibility.
“Four nights a week, I’m somewhere with some team. Right now, that’s been the stress.”
Stringer said that because he is still coaching the junior high as well, he hasn’t been able to spend as much time with the varsity as he would like.
Currently, the Bulldogs are 2-4 on the season.
“We are experiencing a lot of growing pains,” Stringer said. “We are changing a lot of things we are doing.
“We struggled Tuesday, but we are getting better. Last week, we played a lot better. We are just trying to find the pieces and make them fit correctly.”
Stringer expects that after Christmas, the Bulldogs will be a lot more competitive.
“We try to run on people and use our speed at guard and help neutralize our lack of size,” Stringer said. “It is something we did at Stuttgart, and I hope to bring that style here.”
Stringer also wants to be sound at the half-court game and “be a lot more disciplined on defense.”
White Hall lost to Monticello on Tuesday.
“We just came out real flat and they came out and got after us,” Stringer said. “We weren’t ready and they put a lot of pressure on us.
“They beat us in every facet of the game.”
White Hall will host Sheridan tonight. Sheridan is the same boat as White Hall, with their head coach Joe Scott in his first year as well.
“They are going to be disciplined,” Stringer said. “They are going to match up against us and probably play zone.
“They are just good at what they do.”
Don Stringer, Marc’s father, is a former White Hall head coach. Marc said his dad has been at every game so far this season.
“I usually talk to him after every game,” Marc said. “I want to get his critique and get his fatherly advice and his synopsis of the game.
“It is good to have someone who has been there before to give some tips.”
Getting White Hall back to the top is going to take some time, but Stringer is hopeful.
“I saw couple pieces last week,” Stringer said. “Flashes of what we could do. We can try to build off that. On Tuesday, we struggled, but if we can get the kids to buy in to what we are doing, I think we will be a lot more competitive.”