With a deep Henlopen resume, B.J. Joseph has the reputation that he will coach the Indian River playoff team back into contention.
How did you get into basketball?
I was a player at Cape Henlopen back in 1975-77. We won a state championship in 1976 when I was there, and then I played in college and I started coaching at Wilmington College. Then I coached at Laurel for eight years, and I was in Milford for nine years.
My parents got sick, my parents passed away. My dad had dementia, so I had to take care of him a lot so I gave the job up in Milford. My dad passed away in February. This opened up at Indian River, and next thing I know I interviewed for that and I’m teaching and coaching here.
What are some of the changes that you’ve seen in Henlopen basketball throughout the years?
Something that really sticks with me, there was a lot of good Delaware players back in the day that didn’t get looked at by colleges. I think it was Gary Lumpkin and Lenny Brown with some school upstate. Those guys went to Xavier and then it seemed (colleges) started looking.
Delaware’s always had guards. We just don’t have the 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-10 guys. The colleges look at our guards now.
With your coaching experience, what will you try and bring to this program that’s been just on the outside of the playoffs?
I’m sort of a rebuilder of teams that have been down. Laurel was like 4-44 when I took over that job. Milford was (similar). I turned both those programs around, so I’m sort of a guy that turns around programs.
That’s what I want to try and do here because Indian River had a good tradition (pointing to banners). 1996 is like the last thing up there, so it’s been that long. It’s 2015 now, we’re trying to get them back going again.
What are some of your philosophies?
We always play hard. We always are in shape. That’s the biggest thing — play relentless and all that. I have one of my former players from Milford coaching with me, D.J. Cephas. He was a 2011 player so he can tell these guys what it takes to do.
What’s been your favorite thing about basketball?
Just sort of everything. I used to play it all the time. You have to play outside of the school season. Now there’s AAU and things like that, but back then we used to just play in the summer, go drive around and play all kinds of different places.
What’s that aspect of basketball that makes it your passion?
I’ve just always done it since I was 6 years old. I started playing in junior high for a guy that coached football at Indian River, Dale Steele. He was a good basketball coach, even though he didn’t do it at the varsity level. He was a good basketball coach that taught me at Rehoboth junior high. He made the teams that won at Cape later on.
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