Using basketball to build character

Phillip Cunningham & Aiden Mosely, Writers for The Caribbean Chronicle

Coach Jon Rotz `92 has just started being the head coach for the basketball team this year. He now has privilege to be the head coach of the Jesuit High School basketball team and is hoping to lead his team to many victories.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with these young men,”said Coach Rotz. “They have really high character, they’re very motivated, and they’re a special group of individuals.”

His goal as head coach is to get them to learn that they could be a lot better than they ever dreamed they could be.

“If they compete and believe in themselves that the sky’s the limit and they can do anything they put their minds to…try and be better for themselves, not for the coach, but for the school, for themselves and for their teammates for them to be the best they can be,” said Coach Rotz.

One of Coach Rotz’s plans for next season is to have them practice on their own extra time in the gym.

“The character that I’m going to try and bring out in our basketball program is taking chances and going outside of your comfort zone a little bit to learn something new and from that you’ll gain confidence,” said Coach Rotz.

He’s not just teaching basketball skills, he’s sneaking in some character traits. Coach Rotz wants to teach his students that respect, teamwork, and diligence will make an impact in their bright futures.