WATSONVILLE — Steve Miles has come out of retirement to coach the Monte Vista Christian boy’s basketball program for the second time, it was announced by the school Wednesday.
“It’s a little strange,” Miles said. “I’ve been away for such a long time. I love coaching and I love teaching. I’m excited to get to work with a great group of people again.”
Miles led the Mustangs during a dominating time in the early 2000’s.
Monte Vista Christian won three Central Coast Section championships and two league titles from 2000-2003.
Although hopes are high to bring competitiveness back to the Mustangs, Miles had a simple message: it’s not about bringing back the past.
“It’s not about repeating what we did before,” Miles said, “but taking the program forward and growing from there.”
Last season the Mustangs finished 7-18 overall and won just one league game while competing in the upper division of the Monterey Bay League, the Gablian.
But the youthful Mustangs, had just one senior on the roster of 13 last year, will return all of their starters -- a big reason why they were not moved down to the Pacific after finishing last in the Gabilan.
Miles did say that the competition in the division is one of the toughest, but that the goal is still to get the kids to compete while raising expectations.
“You prepare and teach so they can perform on the court,” the coach said. “It’s cliché to stay it’s not about winning but you do want to win.
“We want to raise their expectations and give the boys a chance to win.”
Miles had retired from Monte Vista Christian three years ago after serving as the principal of the school for six years.
The coach said he got the got the call from Monte Vista Christian Athletic Director David Reese about the coaching opening while vacationing in Spain.
“So that gave me some time to mull it over,” Miles said jokingly.
But after thinking about the decision, he decided it was the right thing to do.
“You get the juices flowing and it’s had to stop the train,” he said.
As far as on the court Miles expects to have a set list of plays that the Mustangs would turn to, but would prefer if they never had to resort to running any of them.
“I’m a believer in defense creates offense,” Miles said. “I hope we can get out and run and speed things up a bit.”
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