New Notre Dame girls coach looks to bring his own spin on a winning hoops culture

Editor’s Note: Now that we’re knee-deep into the summer months, STLPreps is the place where student-athletes and coaches can post updates on their off-seasons, the recruiting process, and getting ready for next season.

We’re excited to welcome the new varsity head girls basketball coach of Notre Dame Rebels, Brent Humiston, who took the time to tell us about his transition from being an assistant at Incarnate Word Academy.

First, let me just say that leaving IWA was extremely difficult.  I built relationships with the coaching staff, current and past players, and administration that I hope I will always have.  Coaching with (Dan) Rolfes, and seeing the way he runs practices, the way he pushes his players behind the scenes, and the preparation that he puts into every detail before and on game days, it starts to rub off on you.  I think that’s what lead to me wanting to be a head coach.  I want to build my own version of that.

 After losing two major scorers to graduation, a lot of people thought that Notre Dame would be in a re-building type of year.  Little did I know that ND has some great kids that work extremely hard and are skilled athletes.  Quite a few of our players were on the 4th place finishing soccer team, including Class 2 goalie of the year Mary Beers.

 We have a solid core of kids returning from last year and even players from a 24 win JV team from last season.  Alyssa Lato will be a senior leader along with Julia Roach and we hope that Danielle Boemer can be a force inside for us. 

 We have had a pretty successful summer thus far.  Our opening basketball camp showed great numbers of returning players and incoming freshman.  We have played in the Summer Tip Off Classic and a Monday night league out at SWIC so far.  Our kids are really coming together so early in the summer and are putting forth the work and effort to be a solid team in the upcoming season.  I preach to our kids that “players are made in the summer, not in the season” and they are taking that to heart. 

 When I was at Notre Dame, I really felt like this was “home”.  I am born and raised in south city, and I feel like kids from this area have always played with a bit of an edge and are hard nosed kind of kids.  The type of kids that will just run through a wall for you, and after they crash through, smile, get back up and do it all over again.  Those are the type of kids we have at ND.  That ultimately is what really drew me away. 

We hope to have a successful rest of the summer, then we will take some time off to  get ready for the season. We will face off against an early season test in Ursuline Academy on December 6th.

 Want to share your journey or your team’s off-season prognosis?  Email stlprepsemail@gmail.com.

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