After many years as an assistant coach, Scot Dailey has finally take on a head coaching job.
The Wicomico graduate enters his first year as the Worcester Prep girls basketball coach.
What was it that finally made you want to be the head coach of a team?
I really wanted a shot at my own thing. After being with coach (Butch) Waller off and on for 20 years and playing for him and learning a lot with him and working with Keith (Geiger) here at Worcester for the last few years has been even more of an inclination that I wanted to do my own thing.
It’s what I wanted to do for a long time. I’m super excited.
What are some of the qualities that you want to bring to the Worcester Prep girls program?
Energy is one. One thing I don’t have to worry about them is their lack of effort. It is always there, which is a really super-cool thing to coach – kids who go all out for you. They have since day one and hopefully they continue to learn the basis of basketball fundamentals.
They’re willing to learn and willing to put up with me so we’re having a good time so far.
Could you talk a little about the team and the expectations for the season?
It has been a good start so far. This sounds really crazy, but I have no expectations whatsoever. I have no idea what the other teams have. I would have to say that there are none more athletic than we’re going to be. Doesn’t mean we’re great basketball players, but we’re learning the system and learning drills and plays.
I would say we’re pretty young. Our program has two seniors in it. The future is pretty bright. Our goal is going to be to compete for titles.
What’s your background in basketball?
I graduated in 1994 from Wicomico High School and played for the legendary Butch Waller for four years. If you don’t learn anything about basketball or about life from that man, you probably haven’t been paying attention. I’ve been fortunate enough off and on for the past 20 years, especially the last three years, working with him.
What do you love about basketball?
The strategy and trying to outthink what they’re doing. Their coach calls a timeout because of something you’re doing and you switch up a defense on them. Trying to be one or two steps ahead of somebody. It’s like playing a game of chess, you just got to hope your chess pieces can make the plays.
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