Collingswood Patch reported on Dec. 13 that Patrick Dorney, former head coach of the Arcadia University men’s basketball team, is “Carving out a New Identity for Panthers Basketball.” Dorney, who was an assistant coach for Collingswood High School from 1995 to 2000, returned to the school after nine years coaching at Arcadia.
Coaching college is coaching the game; coaching high school is coaching fundamentals, and that’s going to take some time to get used to.
“The biggest difference is with my 15-man roster at Arcadia University [is] 11 or 12 of the kids were the best player on their high school team,” Dorney said. “You don’t have to work on things like footwork, off-the-ball movement and screens, because they know that stuff.
“It was more about learning the shot clock, the physicality and the speed of game,” he said. “Now I have to teach things…that I took for granted before.”