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New Girls Basketball Coach at Upper Perkiomen Hitting Reset Button
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2015-11-18

Greg Swavely, the new head coach of Upper Perkiomen's girls basketball team, instructs the team during its first practice Monday night. Swavely previously led the Quakertown girls team for eight seasons.

        Greg Swavely, the new head coach of Upper Perkiomen's girls basketball team, is operating with two models. He wants the Indians to play the right way and play hard.

        By playing the right way, Swavely means making sure the players are fundamentally sound and that they know how to react "based on what the opposition throws at you."

        According to the new coach, the latter includes "rebounding the ball, clamping down on defense, not turning the ball over and giving yourself a chance to win the game at the end."

        On Monday, Swavely and his new team met during the team's first practice. He called it the first opportunity to get all the players together.

        "I am really impressed with how hard the girls are working and how much they want to learn," the coach said. "Their tone and outlook has been excellent."

        Gabby Marinelli, a senior forward, and Valerie Janton, a senior guard, are the only returners with varsity experience.

        The team, which finished 4-18 overall and 2-12 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference last season, lost six seniors to graduation. Two others transferred out of the school, according to Swavely.

        "The makeup of this team has changed drastically," the coach said. "This is an extremely young group."

        Seven sophomores and five freshmen will get significant playing time, according to Swavely. He also said several of those underclassmen will also play junior varsity.

        "We've hit the reset button," said Swavely, who succeeds Pete Sovia. "We're taking it day by day with the goal of getting better every day. It's just a matter of getting the fundamentals down and developing our own identity."

        Eventually, the coach expects that identity to include effective execution in a half court set and being adaptable to the opposition.

        "I want this team to be fundamentally sound and play hard," Swavely said.

        He expects the young team to be tested in a very talented conference.

        "That's one of the things I like about the PAC-10," the coach said. "It's very competitive, and we're excited to be part of (Upper Perkiomen's) program.

Prior to a two-year absence from coaching, Swavely led the Quakertown girls team for eight seasons.

        "The last two years were a great time for me to reflect and catch my breath," said Swavely, who previously served as the girls head basketball coach at Antietam High School. "But I found out that I really miss being in the gym coaching the girls."


 

 

 

 

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