Alan Homan is back once again as the coach of Cumberland Regional High School boys basketball.
He replaced John Valore, who left after one season to go to Camden. Homan has coached between the boys and girls program as an assistant and head coach on and off for 30 years, and will be challenged with a team returning only two starters.
"What I want us to do is go out, play hard on defense and attack on offense," Homan said. "I want them to enjoy playing the game."
Two key returning players are Dwayne Parker and Joe Ordille.
"Dwayne is athletic. He can handle the ball a little bit and shoot it, and he plays very hard," Homan said. "Joe has a nice outside jump shot and has the ability to penetrate and get to the basket."
The Colts also got a transfer from the recently-closed Sacred Heart in senior guard Chris Burch. Homan said that Burch will be the quarterback of their defense.
Burch spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Cumberland before transferring to Sacred Heart.
The seniors have had five different coaches and four different systems in their four years at Cumberland, which makes it difficult for them to find any consistency.
"For them to come out and embrace me as a coach in an entirely different system, and play hard and just buy in right away says something about them," Homan said.
"The one thing I know about this team is that we have excellent people as far as character, so all of them have terrific attitudes and they're working really hard.
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League: Tri-County Conference Diamond
Group: South Jersey Group III
Coach: Alan Homan
2012-13 record: 4-22
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - Colts look to improve upon last season with another new coach.
Key players: Dwayne Parker Sr., 6-2, F; Joe Ordille Sr., 5-10, G; Chris Burch Sr., 6-3, G.