PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY)- In eight years coaching at Norcom high school, head coach Leon Goolsby know what it takes to win. When his Greyhounds hit the floor tomorrow in Richmond, it will mark the third time he has coached in a state championship game at Norcom. “That’s what I came here to do, to win championships. When I was at Woodside with John Richardson, we won back to back state championships, so its something that I learned how to do,” said Goolsby.
And that starts with his team and his expectations for each player. “To play with enthusiasm, energy and give me maximum effort every day and from there everything else will carry over,” added Goolsby.
Carry over in the form of state titles. The Greyhounds won back to back state titles in 2010 and 2011. This team is well aware of the winning tradition at Norcom high school. “In the last 5 years we already won the state championship two years in a row so we are just trying to win it again,” said senior Antonio Parker.
As a freshman in 2011, Jamelle Strange sat the bench as a manager. Now he gets to make his mark playing for the title on the floor.
“It would mean a lot to me because since I have been here, I was like a manager and waterboy, so I experienced it with them and for me to get one on my own would really inspire me to do this,” said Strange.
Goolsby says his team is very much like a family. And with him being the father figure, he would like nothing more than to see his teams hard work rewarded with a third championship in the last 5 years. “Everybody likes coaching in a state championship game. It’s a great opportunity to coach in the state championship game and try to win it.”