Jess Barley is entering her fourth year as girls' basketball coach at York Suburban High School. She sat down with GameTimePA.com to talk about the Trojans' upcoming season:
GameTimePA: Can you talk a little about last season? It was a breakthrough for the program — you qualified for the YAIAA playoffs, advanced to the quarterfinals of the District 3 Class AAA tourney and narrowly missed a PIAA state berth.
Jess Barley: We had a good season and created a lot of good memories there. We certainly earned a lot of good wins along the way, but one thing we've already talked about is that last season is over. Last season can't earn us anything now...It's a new season with new goals. The one thing we can take from it is how it feels to win. How that feeling can be replicated again this season.
GTPA: Can you talk about this year's team?
JB: We have three of our five starters back. Molly (Day) has had a great offseason, gotten herself into basketball shape and will be playing at York College next year. She's gotten that decision out of the way. I look for her to be a leader for us. Olivia Gettle will be at the point for us and Georgia (Dumars) is back. Parker (Faircloth-Henise) and Ali (Reinecker) give us some height. We'll be a little taller than in the past, but as always, we'll spend time working on the defensive end...We are a blue-collar team that likes to come out and play defense every single night.
GTPA: How do you see Division II shaping up this season?
JB: Until somebody dethrones West York, they are the team to beat. I think Susquehannock has a lot coming back. I truly think Division II will be competitive every night. I think you will see a lot of close games. It will be really interesting to see who comes out on top.
GTPA: You are a York Suburban graduate and a 1,000-point scorer while here. You came back right after graduation from York College (where Barley started on the women's team for parts of three seasons) and took a job coaching seventh and eighth grade basketball your first winter after college. Was that your plan all along?
JB: I knew probably from my junior year of college on that I wanted to get into coaching. Certainly, Suburban held a special place in my heart from playing here and having lots of great relationships here...I lucked out. They needed a seventh and eighth grade coach. At the time, (then-York Suburban girls varsity coach) Bob Rudisill was doing a great job and he connected with me. Looking back, I was very, very fortunate it all worked out timing-wise. To this day, (Rudisill) is my greatest mentor and I owe a lot to him.