Jim Schulte takes over as Ne­wark girls bas­ket­ball coach

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JON BUZBY [email protected]­mail.com

Jim Schulte is the new girls bas­ket­ball head coach at Ne­wark High, but nei­ther the team nor the school is new to him.

Schulte has served as an as­sis­tant coach for the Yel­low­jack­ets for the past eight years, four of them un­der pre­vi­ous head coach Dan Deppe.

“I was so ex­cited to hear that I would be head coach this year,” said Schulte, who has taught at Ne­wark High for nearly a decade as the su­per­vi­sor of the Jobs for Delaware Grad­u­ates pro­gram. “I coach be­cause I en­joy the game and watch­ing stu­dents grow both ath­let­i­cally and aca­dem­i­cally.”

Schulte’s coach­ing ca­reer be­gan in Al­len­town, Pa., in the early 1990s when he led Holy Spirit School to its first Al­len­town Dio­cese cham­pi­onship. He went on to serve as an as­sis­tant at sev­eral high schools in the area be­fore tak­ing over as gen­eral man­ager and head coach of the Al­len­town Crestettes, a semipro women’s team.

“Hav­ing as­sisted nu­mer­ous coaches through the years and the last be­ing Dan Deppe, Dan prepped me to take over when he de­cided to step down,” Schulte said. “All that ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the most re­cent since times have changed, have pre­pared me. My coach­ing will be bring­ing back the old, but adding in some of the new.”

Schulte played high school bas­ket­ball for coach Dickie Sch­midt, who dur­ing his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer would lead Al­len­town Cen­tral Catholic High School’s boys and girls teams to a to­tal of eight Quad A state cham­pi­onships.

“Dickie told me sev­eral things,” Schulte re­called. “One – stick to the ba­sics and drill them into your play­ers, and two – get the best coach­ing staff you can to help you. Any given day at prac­tice, we start with the ba­sics, go­ing through six dif­fer­ent sta­tions, re­in­forc­ing what needs to be ad­dressed based on the pre­vi­ous game, and adding a lit­tle new so as not to over­whelm the play­ers.”

Schulte’s as­sis­tant coaches are Sam Valdez, who has been on the coach­ing staff the past sev­eral years; Don Passenant, who coached at Ris­ing Sun High School in Mary­land and has more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence; and Kay­lah Cham­b­liss, the stu­dent-man­ager of the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware women’s team.

“Com­bined, we have over 60 years of ex­pe­ri­ence on the bench, and not many pro­grams can say that,” Schulte pointed out.

Ne­wark has an ex­pe­ri­enced team on the floor as well. The Yel­low­jack­ets are led by tr­i­cap­tains se­nior Katie Kin­sella se­nior Janyah Brown and ju­nior Selena Whe­lan-Postell.

“Katie is a deep-3 threat. When she is on, look out,” Schulte said. “Janayah is our point guard and isn’t afraid to shoot from any­where and can drive. She’s our leader on the floor. And Se­lana is my work­horse, al­ways try­ing to make every­one else bet­ter by giv­ing her all.”

Schulte calls ju­nior Tif­fany Wi­ley the team’s “sec­re­tary of de­fense” and she, along with sopho­more A.J. Desan­tis, will pa­trol the paint.

Ne­wark’s bench is deep and led by part-time starter, ju­nior Dy­mond Gor­don.

“She’s an­other leader at the point and also my most ver­sa­tile player,” Schulte said.

Sopho­mores Gia Pip­kin, Tamiyah Knowles and Bri­anna Espinal, along with fresh­man Mei Tobin will also see ac­tion.

“When I need a de­fen­sive stop and a hus­tler to spark the team, I turn to Gia,” Schulte ex­plained. “Tamiyah is my sec­ond en­forcer in the mid­dle, Bri­anna an­other long-range shooter, and Mei is an­other spark off the bench.”

Ne­wark (2-4) split its first four games be­fore drop­ping two straight. De­spite the set­back, Schulte is op­ti­mistic about his team’s abil­i­ties.

“My team is young but ex­pe­ri­enced,” Schulte said. “All re­turn­ers played var­sity at least one year, and I look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful sea­son. Although we’ll take some lumps, it should be a good sea­son. Our fu­ture looks awe­some.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Ne­wark High girls bas­ket­ball team has an op­ti­mistic out­look un­der new head coach Jim Schulte.

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