LaWanda Wright is the new boys and girls basketball coach at Family Community Christian School.
The New Iberia native is a graduate of Louisiana Tech and brings 16 years of coaching experience to FCCS. Her most recent coaching stint was at New Living Word where she coached the 2017 state championship girls team.
Additionally, Wright coached at Jonesboro Hodge High School and Ruston Junior High.
Wright brings an active offense that highlights ball and player movement with lots of cuts.
“This keeps the defense moving,” Wright said. “Once they understand (the offense), they will get a lot better.”
Defensively, the Warriors are going to run an extended 2-3 zone with perimeter guarding to “take away the three-point shots,” Wright said.
The FCCS boys team will dress out 10 players this season, and Wright will be working with a younger team. Sophomores make up the majority of the team with five. Warner Pollard will be the sole senior on the squad.
“He has the most playing experience,” she said.
Key to FCCS boy’s this season is aggressive play.
“When they are playing hard and aggressive they look good,” Wright said. “There was a spurt in one quarter during the Dodson tournament, they looked really good because they were playing aggressive.”
The FCCS girls basketball team dressed out eight players this season but have been battling sickness early on.
“During the Simsboro game, we only had six players because of the flu,” Wright said.
Even with only six players, the Lady Warriors played strong and lost by only eight points.
Like the boys, the girls offensively will have lot of ball and player movement but also incorporate screens and pick and roll action, Wright said.
“We’re going to drive and kick out and also run the floor,” Wright said. “We’re going to try to improve on running a wider lane.”
Defensively, the Lady Warriors are going to run match up which is a combination of man and zone.
“The beginning of the season is the harder part of our schedule, but we will finish strong,” Wright said.
This week, the Warriors will play in the Epps Tournament, Nov. 21-23. Their next home game will be Nov. 25 when they host Block High School from Jonesville. Game time starts at 6 p.m.