Petaluma High School gets a two-for-one deal with its new basketball coach.
Not only does Petaluma get John Behrs to coach its varsity boys team, it gets his son, Scott Behrs to help his father with the varsity.
The new coach is now less than a week into his first practices with his new team, but he already knows most of his players, having coached them on the freshman and junior varsity levels. "They know what to expect from me, and I know what to expect from them," he says.
"We will have a really good group of seniors," he says. "That will make it a lot easier for me."
In addition to coaching and teaching basketball, Behrs will have to bring back a feeling of accomplishment to a program with a long and successful history, but one that has not had a winning record since the 2004-2005 season when the Trojans were 14-13.
"I want the kids to have a good experience. I want them to feel good about themselves," he says. "I want them to come in wanting to practice. I want them to have fun."
Behrs says he has always been a basketball junkie and has tried to learn from every coach he has ever played for, and that includes his youth coaches such as Jerry Thompson, Ron Walters and Gil Mesa, former director of the Petaluma Boys Club.
He calls the Petaluma job "an awesome opportunity," but acknowledges, "We have a long way to go."
He says his goal has nothing to do with a won-lost record, but with improvement.
"I want the players to have the mindset that they are going to do whatever it takes to get better, not just every game, but every practice. I want them to get a little better every practice."