In the third new hire within the past year for their varsity sports programs, the Montrose Area School District has turned the reigns of their boys’ varsity basketball position to semi-pro coach Reggie Hawkins.
Hawkins, who has done individual and small group basketball training in the greater Binghamton area for decades, currently serves as the General Manager and Head Coach for the Binghamton Bulldogs – a semi-pro team.
While working with a group of Montrose athletes during the offseason in Choconut, Hawkins learned of the possibility of a coaching opportunity at Montrose.
“I was working with some players in the community,” said Hawkins. “I learned there may be an opening and some conversations were had.”
While he will remain coaching with the Bulldogs, Hawkins looks forward to working with a Montrose team that was hit hard by graduation.
“I’m looking forward to building a program from the ground up,” said Hawkins.
An opening presented itself when according to High School Principal Eric Powers that he and former coach Cody Ivey came to an agreement to open the position.
While Hawkins’ experience was an asset noted in the interview process, his enthusiasm and relatability were another factor in his appointment, said Powers. “He’s a high energy guy who really relates well with the athletes,” said Powers.
Powers said he personally observed these traits while Hawkins was working out some of the Montrose varsity girls’ players in a private training session.
Hawkins hopes to bring some of the same wide-open style that is a trademark of the ABA to Montrose.
“I like to play fast and at a good pace,” said Hawkins. “We’re going to work hard and push tempo.”
Powers said Montrose will advertise for assistant positions and Hawkins said he has spoken to a few people about joining his staff. He also hopes to have someone locally.
Powers was hopeful that Ivey would consider staying involved in the program.
“Cody has been a valued member of our Meteor family and has coached for us in a variety of different capacities,” said Powers.
Ivey was unable to be reached for comment on his future plans.