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Armed with a college-level coach, Burgher boys have bright future

The 2012-13 Warrensburg High School Boys Basketball Team includes (front, left to right): Jeffrey Bentham, Jacob Nemec, Justin Baird, Joe Brunelle, Nick Perrone, (rear): Coach Bob Hummel, Tyler Wilcox, Nolan Maltbie, Adam Langworthy,and Shea Irish.

The 2012-13 Warrensburg High School Boys Basketball Team includes (front, left to right): Jeffrey Bentham, Jacob Nemec, Justin Baird, Joe Brunelle, Nick Perrone, (rear): Coach Bob Hummel, Tyler Wilcox, Nolan Maltbie, Adam Langworthy,and Shea Irish. Photo by Thom Randall.

— For years, despite exhibiting intense and aggressive play, the Warrensburg Boys Basketball team has not enjoyed the degree of success they’ve sought or deserved.

This year may be a turning point, however. They’ve got a not-so-secret weapon for 2012-13: a college-level coach.

Bob Hummel has served for several years as Assistant Varsity Coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute following an 18-year tenure at Queensbury High School — and now he’s heading up the Burgher Boys team.

This a really big deal not only for fans and the school, but the players, one member of the team said this week after a rigorous practice.

“It’s pretty awesome to have a college coach,” Nolan Maltbie said. “He’s a great coach — Our practice is not flat-out conditioning; he’s got us playing basketball.”

What’s this?

Hummel explained his approach this week as he watched his players charge the floor.

With the limited practice time available, players should prepare for games by running plays as much as possible, rather than executing drills, he said.

“They need to learn game skills, not just repeat drills that look good,” Hummel said. “Time is precious — I have to make sure they do everything that transfers to success on Tuesday and Friday nights.”

Hummel, who’s served RPI as a scout and recruiter in his coaching post, said he’s aware his present knowledge of the Adirondack League teams is minimal, but he plans on soon checking out as many of the teams as possible.

Although he may not yet know the prevailing style of play in the league, in the meantime he’s got a few objectives for the Burgher boys, he said.

“I want our team to up-tempo the game,” Hummel said. “We need to force our opponents not to run their half-court offense.”

This strategy will be employed at the other end of the court too, Hummel said.

“Our players should push it on offense in transition and shoot the ball quickly,” he said. “I expect the shot-clock not to be an issue.

Hummel continued that he is likely to have the Burghers employ a man-to-man defense, mixing in some zone play.

Warrensburg High School Principal Doug Duell said this week that the players, fans, and school community are energized having a college coach heading up the Varsity Boys’ basketball team.

“Bob Hummel is a great asset,” Duell said.

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