UNION CITY – First year Mississinawa Valley varsity girls basketball coach Vance Venesky brings a winning experience to the young Lady Blackhawks program.
Coach Venesky comes from the Twinsburg area where he was involved in two Twinsburg Lady Tigers Division I state championship teams.
“We’re going to be young and inexperienced which we will have to overcome but it’s a great group of girls,” said Venesky. “I have a good idea of what their strengths and weaknesses are.”
Venensky takes over a young team with limited varsity experience that includes one senior and eight freshmen heading into the 2017-2018 season.
“I only have one girl who has any kind of varsity experience,” said Venesky. “Everybody else has never played varsity so that’s going to be a challenge in its self. I looking for them to improve as we go and to compete for the CCC (Cross County Conference).”
“I know the conference pretty well,” added Venesky. “I was following Covington all last year and they were one of the better teams.”
The Lady Blackhawks will field a varsity team with eight players and a JV squad with seven members making up the team.
“The big thing that I have been stressing to them all year is that we need to play defense,” noted Venesky. “Trying to teach them how to be in a defensive position so we’re working on that. We’re going to be more of a pressure defense rather than a defense that stands three or four feet away from the person that has the ball.”
“I came down here for my real job which is a controller of a construction company in Troy,” noted Venesky. “One of the prerequisites of me coming down here was that if I could find a coaching job I would. I had to actually make sure I liked the place down here before I committed to doing that and went looking for a head coaching job and Mississinawa Valley seemed like a good fit for me.”
“I can’t wait for us to get started and see how we do,” concluded Venesky.
PHOTO CAPTION: First year Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks varsity basketball coach Vance Venesky. (Gaylen Blosser photo)