Montana Tech Basketball Focuses On Off Season Training
It will be months before the Montana Tech Orediggers step on the court for its first game.
But according to the team's first year head coach, Patrick O’Herron, the off season is one of the biggest indicators of how the season will turn out.
"To me, the biggest development that you could make as a player is in the summer time,” said Coach O’Herron. “You don't have to worry about school. The only thing is a job you have to do. Some of it is 8 hours, some might be longer. But you have more time to invest in your game, and improve it if that's what you want to do."
The Orediggers have just four players in town.
The rest of the team is back home, working summer jobs or participating in internships.
But it doesn't stop their coach from preaching practice.
"I’ll text them and remind them to keep their workouts going, get their shots up, work on their ball handling skills a couple times a month," O’Herron said.
He reminds them of the work they need to put in during this time.
"They have workouts, summer workouts, lifting programs, and shooting programs, and ball handling programs that they're asked to do,” coach said. “The more they do it, the better it is."
Coach O'Herron says the summer is crucial for player development.
It's also an important time for coach.
"Right now it's recruiting,” said Coach O’Herron. “I'm working on one more student athlete to get onto campus. Scheduling is a big thing for us. I’m trying tam finish up our scheduling. Organizing our trips and our whole calendar for the next year, school year. So from when school starts until school's out, all the stuff we need to do."