Quakers look to build on success
of nation's top assistants to lead men's program
the past eight years Scott Reule was one of the nation's top
NCAA Division III assistant coaches. When the 2005-06 season
tips off, he will begin the process of establishing himself
as one of the country's best young head coaches as he takes
over the reins of the Wilmington College men's basketball
am very excited," said Reule, an assistant with the WC men's
team for four years before helping the Lady Quakers win a
national championship during his four-year tenure as the top
assistant for head coach Jerry Scheve. "This is the place
I want to be. This is the place I went to college, where I
learned that the things that make it nice are the people,
the administration, staff members, the kids. With that in
mind, this is the place I love, the place I want to be."
whose coaching and recruiting talents are beyond dispute,
is looking to bring stability to a program that has had four
head coaches the past four years. An advocate of a high-energy
style of play, he promises to bring up-tempo basketball to
the men's team. He added that some phases of the Quakers'
play this year will remind WC fans of what they saw during
last yearıs 10-16 renaissance season. While an advocate of
change when needed, Reule is not a proponent of trying to
fix what isn't broken.
going to do some things differently this season, but not everything,"
Reule said. "Coming into the program, one thing I wanted to
do was keep some of the positives from last year constant.
I thought they had a lot of success with what they did on
defense. They were very successful with some of the things
they did offensively. We will try to build on those successes."
accepting the head coaching job at WC, Reule has fielded fewer
questions about his coaching style than queries about his
coaching change more specifically, can a coach successfully
make the transition from women's to men's basketball?
hear that a lot. But I believe that coaching is coaching people,"
Reule said. "You've got to learn to deal with people and their
personalities. If you listen to all of the great coaches,
they will tell you it's not so much the X's and O's, it's
getting your kids to believe in what you're doing. Going from
women to men is just learning to deal with a different person
and getting them to believe, be happy and be confident. If
you can do that, good things will happen."
Reule, coaching at a small college inspires big ambitions
that extend beyond the basketball court.
want to be able to win in three different ways," Reule said.
"I want them to win as people, to develop and become more
of an adult, more of an individual. I want them to win in
the classroom. Everybody is here for a degree, which is going
to make a huge difference for them later in life. And finally,
they need to learn how to win on the basketball floor, to
have success and feel like they've accomplished goals that
they haven't been able to in the past. If our kids win in
those three ways, then when they leave this basketball program,
I think success has been accomplished, no matter what the