The Rush Springs Lady Redskins will have a new coach roaming the sidelines during the 2017-2018 basketball season. Jennifer Burch will be taking over for Rick Parrish.
Parrish retired in April after spending 12 seasons as the coach for the Lady Redskins and Burch will take over for a team who went 25-3 and went to area playoffs a season ago.
Burch has had 14 years of head coaching experience with her latest stint being Enid High School Girls Head Coach for three seasons, while spending 11 seasons with Bishop McGuinness High School out of Oklahoma City.
Out of those 14 seasons she has won one state title back in 2011 with Bishop McGuinness and as a volunteer assistant at Sulphur won a state title to bring the experience of two titles as the new coach for Rush Springs.
When Burch heard about this opportunity she knew it was a great chance for her family to get back closer to home as her husband was originally from Marlow.
"When I first started at McGuiness it was 4A and it grew a little bigger, but McGuiness even though it was in a big city it is kind of the same thing and it was a small community," Burch said. "The Rush Springs thing appeals to me number one because my husband and I we have a five-year old and we wanted to get into a smaller community."
Along with getting the family atmosphere at Rush Springs, Burch has a pretty similar approach when it comes to basketball compared to Parrish and knows the team should have a chance to compete in year one.
"We went to camp last week and watching the girls play they all have a high basketball IQ and they see the floor well and they were see openings well," Burch said. "For any coach that is a coaches dream to have kids with a high basketball IQ, so we will have motion offense and keeping to floor spread and playing to our strengths."
Another focus for Burch will be defense and said that even though they maybe able to use ten different defenses, but is looking for a strong foundation in the man defense to give them a strength going forward.
Burch has met with the team on several occasions including camp last weekend and know it will be a learning curve for the players to get used to her coaching style.
"Obviously Coach Parrish has been here and he has had a ton of success and he is a great coach and I have the utmost respect for him," Burch said. "There are going to be some things that my philosophy might be completely different than his and it is going to be a learning curve for everybody."
Even though their will be a learning curve, Burch has told the girls and said she is excited for the 2017-2018 season to get going.
"Basketball is basketball weather it is 2A,3A,4A or 6A and basketball is basketball," Burch said. "If you have kids who come in and work their tails off and I know we have that here at Rush Springs than we are going to see good things from these kids not only this year, but next year and building off the success Parish had what he had here."
Rush Springs Basketball Schedule for the 2017-2018 season hasn't been released at this time and most likely the season will start in November.