Comes over from C.E. King; Similar demographic
It was quite a 2018-19 campaign for the Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball team as they won the District 22-5A title and made it into the area round of the state playoffs.
That would parlay into a new job for head coach Darcie Moore who along with five seniors from that team, will not be there next fall.
Now it will be Briceida Raza’s job to lead the Lady Patriots as she has been tabbed as the program’s new head coach pending board approval at Monday’s Goose Creek CISD board meeting.
Raza comes over from C.E. King where she was the assistant girls varsity coach this past campaign following two years leading the freshmen squad.
C.E. King finished tied in a tie for fourth in District 21-6A but missed out on a playoff spot thanks to losing a tiebreaker with La Porte.
“The demographics there are similar to GCM so I think I will be working with similar type of kids,” Raza said. “(GCM) had a good season last year. We have four kids that should be pretty solid who are returning so we have some kids we can work with and build around from.”
It is a good situation to start a head coaching career.
“I think I have the experience: This will be my 10th year coaching,” Raza said. “I have worked under different people and have good experience seeing different styles of coaching. I have seen what works and what doesn’t work. You take things from different people you’ve worked under and see what is going to work for you.
“I think after doing this for a while at different levels, I am ready.”
Raza wants to be a defense-oriented coach offering differing looks to the opposition to “keep them guessing,” while hoping to score in bunches off transition coming off the forcing of turnovers.
“I want to go and run and gun,” Raza said. “I want a balance. I don’t want to live and die by the three. That’s something I don’t like. I don’t like our kids to keep shooting and hope that it falls. I like the dribble-drive and we will prepare and scout and have a game plan for who we are playing.
“We are not going to attack everyone the same way.”
Even though each game plan will come with its own points of emphasis, Raza wants to make sure her team’s universal signature will be to provide fullcourt pressure.
It doesn’t hurt to walk into a program with expectations and a style of play that was similar to Raza’s mentality.
“Once kids want to win and know what’s expected, you are just going to go set the culture,” Raza said. “IF the culture is there already to win? I am just the bus driver basically. I just need to keep them together and keep them going. The girls who are already there know how to win so it will be easier to teach the younger kids.
“We are going to set the tone and lay down what we expect from our kids and just get going.”