A familiar face and voice will be seen and heard stalking the Hoosic Valley sidelines this season as former head coach Walt Dorman returns to the lead chair. Dorman, who led the Indians to a state title in 2012, while known by everyone at the Valley, has not previously worked with this group of players.
“Having never coached this group I’ve been happy with their ability to adjust to me and my ways”, said Dorman. He added, ” They’ve been completely dedicated to the process.”
This year’s squad has a talented core led by returning senior starters Renee Serafin and Alex Rifenburg. Serafin poured in 20 points Tuesday night in a victory over Mechanicville with Rifenburg adding 14 and junior Sami Dickinson 12 points, as the Valley moved to 3-1 on the young season.
Watching the game Tuesday night this edition of the Indians played in typical Hoosic Valley style, showing a “blue collar” attitude and their trademark, man defense.
Dorman echoed that thought when asked about his team’s identity stating simply, “Come to work hard on both ends of the court.”
While talented and tough, Dorman points to another area when asked what the Indians must do this year to be successful. ” We need to increase our mental ability on the court.”
Success for the Valley means being in the hunt for a Wasaren title, and an extended run in the post season.
As for league contenders this season Dorman named Cambridge, Hoosick Falls, Tamarac and Mechanicville adding, “Although I’m just back.”
While there’s a new person driving the bus this season, the message is similar and the destination the same.
If this talented Hoosic Valley roster can play hard and play smart, they’ll enjoy yet another winter filled with “W’s”, commonplace for a basketball program steeped in winning tradition.