Coach encourages players to shoot hoops, chase dreams

Kelso determined to make difference in team’s lives

Boys basketball coach Andy Kelso said his No. 1 priority is helping students.

Journie Fisher

Boys basketball coach Andy Kelso said his No. 1 priority is helping students.

Lindsey Barrientez, In-depth reporter

For ROJH boys basketball coach Andy Kelso, the season has been about a lot more than just four wins and one loss.

“My favorite part about being a coach is building relationships with the kids and seeing them grow athletically and into young men,” Kelso said.

This is Kelso’s first year at Red Oak, after transferring from Mansfield. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 and currently teaches 7th grade Texas history.

Born and raised in Texas, Kelso has been a coach for the past three years. He said he enjoys making a difference, and wishes to impact students’ lives. Kelso believes that sharing what he knows about basketball and history is a great way to help others.

“Being a coach isn’t easy, but it has its moments,” Kelso said. “The long hours and hard work is really worth it.”

Kelso pushes his team very hard. He pushes them because he knows they have the potential, and he strongly encourages his players to achieve something new each day.

“Being a coach involves hard work, patience and dedication,” Kelso said. “Each and every day, being a coach gives me something to look forward to in my coming job.”

 

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