Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Patriot Girls’ First-Year Coach Wants to Teach Confidence

Confidence and patience are two of the attributes first-year coach Richard McGuinness wants to teach his team this year. 

Leading the North Warren Patriots girls’ basketball team, McGuinness said that if the team learns anything, he hopes it will be how to bring four quarters of basketball to the game. 

A 43-36 loss to Kittatinny December 22 was an example of the team’s tenacity, McGuinness said. The game was in reach for the Patriots right to the final buzzer with them ahead 15-12 after the first quarter. 

The Pats had trouble putting plays together by the third quarter, however. 

“The third quarter hasn’t been our friend,” McGuinness said. “We just got to find a way to play four quarters.”

Most of the starters are returnees from last year’s 9-16 team, according to McGuinness, and that has added a factor of cohesiveness. Evidence of this was the team’s rally in the fourth quarter. 

“We had a rally going in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We played hard at the end.”

That is the kind of play he wants the Patriots to adopt, beyond simply learning execution.

“What I want to bring are patience, competitiveness and confidence,” McGuinness said. “I want to take our program to the next level in how we play. An elevated way of playing.”

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.