After earning only 14 victories in the 2011-12 season, the Jaguars finished last season with 21 wins, including a thrilling 47-46 win over Villa Rica to earn the program’s first region championship. A close 60-58 loss to eventual state finalist Gainesville in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs have the entire New Manchester program desiring more.
“We had a very good year and the team got better because the players continued to show up every day at practice work hard,” head coach David Cottrell said.
The Jaguars will be led by two seniors, center Glenn Holloway and forward Joe Boyer, who’ve both been with New Manchester since the inception.
“They’re the heart and soul of our program,” Cottrell said, entering his third year at the helm and the only coach in school history.
“Glenn and Joe are both tremendous leaders by example and the hardest workers we have. They take care of business in the classroom and act the right way,” he said.
For the seniors, the leadership role has been taken seriously.
“We have to set a good example for the younger players on and off the court because they follow our footsteps,” Holloway said.
The quick success of the Jaguars’ program serves as a testament of the talent base in Douglasville.
“We’re fortunate to get good players in a great location in Douglas County with strong basketball,” Cottrell said. “We felt like we could have success here at the program. The players have bought into our culture and it all came together.”
Boyer said, “It’s good to bring different people from this city together into one atmosphere. Fans and people from around the area attend our games and we get support from the entire city.”
The Jaguars open the season Friday at Woodland-Bartow.