PANAMA CITY, FL (WJHG/WECP) Jay Powell and his Gulf Coast basketball coaching staff are working in the gym this month, helping some newcomers get used to their surroundings at the College.
Coach Powell with a handful of new players working alongside some returning players this July.
Gulf Coast coming off a 16-13 overall record last spring, but just a 2-10 in Panhandle play, so much room for improvement.
Among the players coach Powell is looking to for that improvement, Blountstown grad Kevon Godwin.
Godwin and the other newbies already working to get acclimated to the campus, the basketball facilities, and what Powell and his staff expect from them. The coach says so far, so good!
"So far the young men have come in and done a good job overall in summer school." says coach Powell. "They've been trained well by their high school coaches. They know that when you're supposed to be somewhere that you get there early. And they understand that when you get there, the expectation is that you've got to be ready to go to work. But we are young, we knew that going in. That's why having nine guys in summer school is so crucial."
The coach adds even though the season doesn't start until November, and the process is a long one, starting here in the summer can make a big difference.
"So that six weeks, we can grow and progress and how hard the guys go on a daily basis. And how hard the guys go on just a possession basis. Can't take plays off anymore. But we know that the talent is there. We just have to get it to where it needs to be by January, February and March, for conference and for tournament time."
Gulf Coast looking to improve on a 2-10 conference record last season.