HAMPTON – Omaha to Hampton … some might call that a culture shock move.
Hampton’s new head boys’ basketball coach Jesse Flanagan, and his wife Sarah, see the move as a great fit.
“After being an assistant coach at Millard South High School for four years and taking some time off when my daughters where born, I decided I wanted a head coaching job,” said Flanagan. “After looking and being offered a few jobs, we decided that Hampton would be a great fit. They have a great basketball tradition, thanks to Jerry Eickhoff, and the administration has been wonderful.”
Along with his wife, who is originally from Holdrege, the Flanagan family consists of daughters Rory, 3, and Devin, 1.
In his younger years Flanagan called Fremont his old stomping grounds.
“I grew up in Fremont, Neb., where I played football, basketball and ran track,” Jesse said. “My first love was basketball, but I ended up playing college football at Concordia University and Weber State University. Eventually, I received my teaching degrees (bachelor's and masters) from Peru State College.”
Flanagan expects his kids to put in hard work, but it’s not all about basketball.
“First off, I want my student-athletes to work each and every day at becoming a better person. I want kids who are a class act with goals higher than 10 feet tall. I also want my athletes to work their tails off in the classroom,” the first year head coach explained. “Making sure they are actively engaged each and every day. Finally, I want them to play in a "championship basketball program by developing their individual skills, improving strength and conditioning, trusting our style of play and creating a team concept.”
Flanagan is familiar with the Crossroads Conference and hopes to put a basketball team out on the floor that can get out and run.
“By nature I'm a pretty aggressive minded coach. I like to get out and run in transition and throw a bunch of presses at teams,” Flanagan stated. “However, I know that each year brings different challenges, so I will adjust my thought processes a bit to meet my team's needs. Basically, I will put my players in a position to be successful. The CRC will be extremely competitive this year. Every night will be a dog fight. We will have to be very disciplined offensively and defensively to have a chance on any given night.”
The regular season for Flanagan and the Hawks begins Friday, Nov. 30 when they host Bruning-Davenport-Shickley. The BDS Eagles are a CRC favorite this season.