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Three Questions With Windsor Boys Basketball Coach Ken Smith

Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by Tom Yantz
Three Questions With Windsor Boys Basketball Coach Ken Smith
The Hartford Courant
March 11, 2009
The Windsor boys basketball team is seeded No.2 in Class LL. The Warriors (22-1) won state titles in 1998 and '99 under coach Ken Smith, who is in his 21st season. The quest for their third title begins tonight at home against No.18 Staples- Westport (13-9).

Q: Who has influenced your coaching style?

A: I've been impressed by a lot of coaches.
Howie Dickenman at
Central Connecticut, Geno Auriemma at UConn. I'm a Bobby Knight guy. I remember going to UConn when Howie was an assistant there. He's a great teacher of the game. I teach players how to play the game.

Q: Your team thrives running and pressing, but you emphasize basics. How do these mesh?
A: We've always played that aggressive style. Guys like taking it to the hole. I'm demanding because each player is accountable. I'm a fighter, and my players are fighters. They fight me; they fight each other. I'm starting to believe in the new-age kid. ... If I tell them something, it's in their best interest, even though sometimes they might not believe me at first. They're learning from me. I'm learning from them.

Q: What do you mean by "enjoying the season journey?"

A: We're working toward common goals — the regular season, CCC tournament and the states. Our thought is to win the state title. But if we didn't win the CCC tournament, then some people would have been bothered. But we should celebrate each accomplishment ... because it is a long journey. You have to be good and lucky to win a state title. Hopefully, we'll be both.

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