Machesney Park, Ill. (WIFR) After taking a year off, Mike Winters returns to the NIC-10 as Harlem's dead coach and plans to help rebuild the program. The former Boylan coach also had success in turning around Jefferson's program back in 2003, leading them to a conference championship in his first year there.
Winters says it's not just about winning, but making sure every player is really buying into the process.
"Its kind of a new system for everyone, new coach, new players so we're really working on getting together as a team," said Treye Tucker, a Harlem junior. "We plan on coming out and winning right away, we're ready to compete and we're just ready to win."
Something echoed by Winters, who says that school spirit is also part of the rebuilding process.
"We want to play an exciting brand of basketball, we want to get up and down the floor, we want to pressure teams, we want to run," Winters said. "We want to give something for the fans to get involved in and have fun with but also for the kids to enjoy playing - we want to play that style of just 9 10 guys and get out up and down the floor."