CHS Basketball Coach Anthony Ott ...

Coronado has a new varsity basketball coach who brings his life-long passion for the game to the gym every day. Anthony Ott, who starred on the Coronado High School (CHS) basketball team, graduated with the class of 2006.

Coronado has a new varsity basketball coach who brings his life-long passion for the game to the gym every day. Anthony Ott, who starred on the Coronado High School (CHS) basketball team, graduated with the class of 2006. Ott’s hoops perseverance showed early when he hounded the San Antonio Spurs’ front office until they hired him to help coach summer camps in Texas. After graduating from UCSD in 2011 with a degree in Cognitive Science, he coached at Steele Canyon High and Cuyamaca College, making a name for himself as a teacher and communicator. He told me, “The key to success on and off the basketball court is clear communication.”

A business opportunity took Ott to Chicago where he continued coaching at perennial powerhouse Lincoln Park High for four years. He related his most memorable coaching moments (to date) as winning the Chicago Regional Championship semi-final game on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the corner and the following day, capturing the Title when Lincoln’s star shooting guard drained a nearly half court three. Coach Ott is committed to bringing that level of excellence to his Alma Mater.

Coronado, coming off their first ever California State Championship, is a young team with only four returning varsity players. Having been promoted to Division I, they are in an extremely tough Western League that includes: Cathedral, Christian, Mission Bay, Saint Augustine, and San Diego High.

Anthony Ott is not deterred. He believes if his players execute, they can be competitive this year. Part of Anthony’s coaching strategy is to play aggressive defense that creates turnovers and fast break opportunities for the offense. He wants his players to know the importance of spacing on the court and that quick passing of the ball is critical to winning. As a metrics-based mentor, Ott preaches five keys to success. Converting on three or four of these goals, gives his team a great chance of winning. The five keys (focus skill) are: commit less than 10 turnovers (execution); have greater than 15 assists (passing); get 15 or more offensive rebounds (fundamentals); hold the opponent under 50 points (defense); take five or more charges (toughness).

Teaching young men basketball and life skills is coach Ott’s biggest motivator. His goal is to continue building a winning culture through hard work, communication, and trust. He is eager to implement a year-round strength and conditioning program for returning players. As Western League play gets under way this week, the Islanders will be ready to show all they’ve learned from their teacher/coach.

Let’s get out and cheer them on!

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