Earlier this month the Tiger basketball program made what they hope will be their next step towards playoff contention, tabbing Ivan Iverson as the head coach to lead them there.
“Ivan brings a great track record of building programs in a Christian environment through community support, defense, and hard work,” said King’s Ridge athletics director Rob Weltz. “We had over 150 applicants for the position and [he] showed the passion and commitment to building a basketball program that will best reflect the mission of King’s Ridge Christian School.”
Iverson comes to King’s Ridge after a successful three-year stint at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, where he inherited a program seven years removed from the state tournament and quickly turned the Stars into a Class A contender — going a combined 61-28, winning a region title in 2009-2010, and qualifying for the state playoffs all three seasons.
At King’s Ridge he will have a similar task on his hands as he takes over a basketball program looking to make their mark on GHSA basketball just three years after making the transition from GISA.
“One thing I learned at Providence and just from being around basketball in general, is that you have to change the mentality and expectations of the kids, parents, and administration,” said the new King’s Ridge coach.
“We will do that here with our work ethic and with expectations of winning right away. There may be some eye openers for our kids when we start practice, but we are going to develop the work ethic to eventually be a state championship program.”
Along with conditioning work and a change in mindset, Iverson said the team will spend much of the summer working on new offensive and defensive philosophies.
Defensively he said the Tigers will be a “defense first team” that uses an aggressive man-to-man defense to pressure their opponents into mistakes.
On offense Iverson cited talks with Kentucky coach John Calipari as the inspiration for his dribble-drive offense.
“We want to make teams uncomfortable on defense so we can get into an up tempo style then on offense we’re going to spread the floor and have players create shots for themselves and others.”