Waller plans bigger things with St. Frederick hoops
Written by Cody Futrell / Courtesy of the News Star
This summer, St. Frederick basketball has been much less waiting and a lot more basketball.
The boys and girls basketball teams spent much of last summer in limbo as the search for a head coach was completed. Joseph Waller eventually came over from Prairie View Academy and became head coach of both programs last season.
Waller was hired July 2013 and missed summer league and most workouts with his team.
This summer, the boys competed against the likes of district opponents Ouachita Christian, Delhi Charter, as well as MAIS school River Oaks.
“Last year I came in and there just wasn’t a lot of time,” Waller said. “This year, just having more gym time makes a difference.”
Waller pointed to a roster full of returning talent, and the summer league added experience and other factors that has him excited for the future of his program.
“Getting the kids minutes in live scrimmages, it is big for us,” Waller said. “We need to be better defensively this year. I think we saw big improvements at point guard this summer with Rhondun Morris. We struggled with making good decisions with the basketball a lot last year.”
Morris, Clay Wood, Daniel Ellender and Cooper Breithaupt are all returning starters for the Warriors.
“It is good having those guys back,” Waller said. “With another year together we know what each of them can do better. We can be better offensively and defensively. I can do better as well.”
The St. Frederick boys finished 5-17 last season.
Waller has again pulled double duty this summer as head coach of the Lady Warriors. The girl’s team had one of their strongest seasons in recent memory after a 15-13 campaign and Class 1A playoff berth.
The turn around in girls hoops earned Waller The News-Star’s 2014 Small School Girls Coach of the Year honor.
Waller has been working several days each week with the girl’s team and plans to scrimmage Beekman Charter in Bastrop later this month.