I GUESS there are plenty of people who are a bit surprised to see me in charge of the Jets and If I’m being honest, it came as a a bit of a shock to me.
I’ve been back on the coaching staff for one-and-a-half years, I’ve known Paul Smith for roughly 25 years, having started out at Manchester Giants Juniors together aged 15, and I’ve got a rich Jets history (I captained the Jets to their first piece of silverware in 1991 – the National Basketball League title) which is why Paul wanted me as his assistant.
We were at a Jets Veterans practice at the end of last season and Paul asked me if I fancied coaching the pro team.
I know he wanted to take a bigger role in the business and there was no question of me saying no as it was something I really wanted to do.
I won’t be left to sink or swim on my own, because Paul will be there to support me as my assistant – and there are few better – but I’m under no illusions, I’m certain to make mistakes tactically at some stage.
If people are wondering whether my coaching style and style of play is the same as Paul’s, I would say it’s similar but there is one slight difference.
When Paul is in charge he almost always adopts a laid-back attitude. All through my playing career one of my coaches was Jets legend Mike Burton and everyone who knows him knows that he is very vocal. I am more likely to favour the Mike Burton style rather than the Paul Smith version, but the really important thing is that the message gets through to the players about what we want them to do.