James Kunkle is entering his first year as girls' basketball coach at New Oxford High School. He sat down with GameTimePA.com to talk about the Colonials' upcoming season:
GameTimePA: What is biggest challenge in coaching today?
James Kunkle: In today’s society (it's) juggling girls with multiple sports. I am a big believer in multiple sports so I am flexible with that. I want them to enjoy their high school experience.
GTPA: What is the difference between you as a coach and you as a player?
JK: (Laughs) When I was a player I understood my role — play good defense, control the ball and get it to the shooters. As you get older you get wiser. It’s a different perspective. I enjoy coaching a lot more than playing.
GTPA: Who is your personal/professional role model?
JK: I surrounded myself with a lot of great coaches, (Central York’s Kevin) Schieler, (York Catholic’s Kevin) Bankos, (Former West York girls’ coach Jon) Shultz. I try to take their styles, combine and take pieces from all of them.
GTPA: What was your best moment as a coach?
JK: Being an assistant at (the) JV level with Kevin Schieler. I got to coach Sam Saxton as a freshman and see them win counties was great. Also, going to play at York College for league championship and getting to go to Giant Center for districts with Shultz.
GTPA: As a coach new to your team, what are you hoping for this season?
JK:. Coming in and...over the summer was bond with the girls. Summer league, team camp, going over my philosophy and expectations. I let them know it’s their team I am just leading them.
GTPA: Briefly sum up you coaching philosophy?
JK: Definitely defensive minded. I like defense, aggressive girls and the style of basketball that defense turns to offense, an up tempo.