Coaches Spotlight: Marlon Wells - Bishops - San
Coaches Spotlight: Marlon Wells - Bishops - San Diego
San Diego High's Marlon
Wells, who took the Cavers to the 2004
state Division I championship game, was named to replace John
Farrell as the Bishop's varsity girls
Wells took over the San Diego High program late in the 2000-01 season.
We had a chance to sit down with
Coach Wells and talk about his decision to leave
Was it a difficult decision leaving
It was a very difficult decision, very hard because we built a strong reputable
program there. I graduated from there and I love
What is your greatest basketball memory as the San Diego Head Coach?
Wells: 2004 when we won our 1st CIF section Championship, and beating Long Beach Poly to go to the state championship.
PrepCA: What was the key factor in accepting the job at Bishops?
Wells: It was a professional decision, I felt that I accomplished a lot a SDHS, and I thought that it was time for a change. The move definitely benefits my family and me. SDHS still has a championship caliber team there, so I left a good situation for a great situation because I believe that we can build the same type of program at Bishop's.
PrepCA: Did you look at other coaching jobs over the last few years?
Wells: No! Not at all.
PrepCA: What are your goals at Bishops for the coming season?
Wells: To Compete for the Coastal south title and also the Division 4 section and state titles
PrepCA: What players at Bishops should we look for in the coming season?
Wells: Kathleen Roehrkasse, Michelle Brunker, Devin Nelson, Bianca Padilla, and Eilanna White.
Girls basketball is on the rise in
Wells: As coaches we need to come together and share ideas, and stop all the bickering back and forth about the small things, and put all egos to the side and combine in the development of the student athlete. We also have to do a lot more skill training with our kids. We also really need to support sites like this and events that are covered by these scouting sites, so information can be distributed to other publishers around the country. Some people are under the assumption that if a player is good the scouts will find you!! I don't think anyone will be found without the proper exposure.
PrepCA: Name the top five coaches in
- Scotty Gilbert –
- Terri Bamford – LJCD
- Robbie Sandoval – Mt. Miguel
- Jay Trousdale –
- Doug Gilbert – Torrey Pines
PrepCA: Who is the most difficult?
Wells: It's tough to say because they all have different styles, but I would have to say Trousdale.
Wells: Because he will change things up on you, and he is the only coach to slow Charde Houston down on a couple of occasions.
PrepCA: Who are some of your teams that people need to watch out for? Here's my top ten:
Mt. Miguel La JollaCountry Day Eastlake Mt. Carmel San Diego
- Marian Catholic
PrepCA: Name one coach you respect and why?
Geno Auriemma, Because he really doesn't spend to much time on the negatives
that people may think about him, he just focuses on all the positive things that
he and his coaching staff does for his players and his program.
PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever coached against? Why?
Candice Wiggins: Candice played for my boy's AAU team from 5th grade
until she began at LJCD and I knew what she was capable of. So when I started
coaching girl's she was definitely one person that I did not want to face,
besides Charde Houston she was the only other person in the county that could
single handedly beat you!!
PrepCA: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
PrepCA: How do you think your players would describe you as a coach?
Dedicated, Caring, Knowledgeable, hardworking, funny, a father figure or an
PrepCA: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a coach?
Wells: My strengths as a coach are definitely being a motivator and a developer of talent, bringing out the best in kids. My weakness as a coach would be making adjustments, because I'm very stubborn and I believe in my system and sometimes that hurts our team.
PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Magic Johnson: Magic Johnson to me is an ambassador of the game of basketball.
He revolutionalized the game, showing that just because he was tall than didn't
mean he had to play under the basket. Also how he has dealt with a deadly
disease and stayed upbeat and positive throughout his ordeal. He also gives back
to the community.
PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
was to loosen up my tie a little and just relax, and don't worry about the
haters: From Kathy Olivier UCLA Women's coach
PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
To Play Hard, Play Smart, Play together, have fun, and win a few championships
along the way.
PrepCA: What was the latest movie you saw?
Wells: Silent Hill
PrepCA: What is your all time favorite movie?
Friday (ice cube)
PrepCA: Is reaching the College level as a coach a goal for you?
Wells: Maybe one day, but no time soon
PrepCa.com would like to thank Coach Wells for this interview, and wish him luck as the new Head Coach at Bishops!
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