East Iberville Tigers surpass 2015-16 win total under new head coach
Jason Marks, the new head boy’s basketball coach at East Iberville, will look to lead his young Tiger squad to the playoffs after taking over for longtime coach Doug Schultz.
Marks was an assistant coach at Terrebonne High School in Houma for two years. He also taught at Houma Junior High. Marks experienced right away the drastic differences in coaching a large high school and coach at 1A East Iberville.
“There’s a big difference in size from coaching at a 5A school and moving to a 1A school,” Marks said. “In a 5A school, our problem was having to cut kids. Here it’s trying to get more kids to want to come and play.”
Marks is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to Louisiana after transferring to Southeastern University, where he played basketball from 2009-2011.
Though former coach Doug Schultz is retired from coaching, he is still around to help Marks during his transition.
“He’s helped with the way the gym is setup, who to talk to in the community and how to get certain things done behind the scenes things with the program,” Marks said.
The East Iberville Tigers have already surpassed their 2015-16 win total of seven games.
“There have been a couple games we should have won, but that comes with the guys buying into the program and getting my new system in,” Marks said. “We did not have much time to learn the new defensive and offensive system, but the guys are improving from game to game. We’ve got to win the games that we’re supposed to win, and steal the ones we are the underdogs in. We’ve got a common goal and we’ve got to work together to achieve our goals.”
Sophomore guard Ty Darville, junior guard Sam Brimmer (All-District 2016), freshman JT Hardesty, junior forward Ricky Morris, Mike Triplett and Lester and Lyndell Joseph will help coach Markslead the team to a winning season.
“we’re looking to win it. We’re competing to win it all,” Marks said. “The district is competitive, but we have to prepare for and be ready to compete with White Castle and Southern Lab. We’re not overlooking any other team.”