If enthusiasm counts for anything in high school athletics, then good times are ahead for the Winder-Barrow High School boys basketball program.
With the re-hiring of Ron Garren last week as the new coach, Bulldogg hoops fans are going to be in for an exciting season and seasons to come.
Garren has not been the coach at WBHS since the 1994-1995 season. As fellow sports writer Danny Daniels chronicles in a column written for The Walton Tribune, it was under odd circumstances that Garren was forced to leave the first time.
Unfortunately, you see that type of behavior in high school athletics. A principal or athletic director caves into pressure from parents over lack of playing time for their child (all basketball parents have the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant residing in their home). Often it boils down to an ego clash as a successful coach gets more positive press and feedback than the principal, who thinks he (or she) should be the only one in the spotlight.