RACHEL — Given that Steven Harbert arrived to North Marion High as an assistant coach in 2009, the Huskies boys basketball team has applied the similar locker room.
“The [locker room] that we’re in now is small, we just will need extra area,” Harbert, who was elevated to head coach of the boy’s basketball staff this past season, claimed Friday. “When you have 25 or so kids in there among varsity and JV, and a further 12 or 15 freshmen, that’s a great deal of fellas in there for these a little house. We have a coaches office environment that we can only in shape 3 men and women in.”
A little bare room, lined with lockers but without having any benches or tables, at present constitutes the North Marion boys basketball locker home. The room originally served as a weight home when the university initial opened in the 1979-80 faculty yr.
Now moving into into his next calendar year as head coach, Harbert hopes to improve that. He and other faculty officials rolled out a system to construct a new locker area for the team on social media past 7 days, utilizing the area currently used as a actual physical education and learning locker room.
“With the help of North Marion’s administrative group, we have not long ago acquired authorization to embark on a overall locker place renovation totaling in excess of $65,000,” a letter posted on Fb by Harbert read. “The renovation contains players’ lounge and film space, upgraded lavatory and shower facility, twenty manufacturer new condition of the art lockers, and a coaches office.”
Harbert also hopes to renovate the flooring and lights of the room, and set up a whiteboard, a Tv set, and leaderboards highlighting the historical past of the workforce — displaying all-time leaders in different statistical groups, customers of the school’s 1,000 level club, etc. — as section of the challenge.
“The new locker space is likely to have a place exactly where we’ll really have place for persons to sit down, and whiteboards for us to go over every little thing,” Harbert mentioned. “So for us, to have the means to stretch out a very little little bit is heading to be excellent.
“It’s heading to be a initially-course locker area.”
The Huskies concluded their abridged 2020-21 frequent period 7-4, and bowed out in the regional finals to Hampshire. It was an atypical initially year for Harbert, who experienced coached as an assistant with the women basketball, soccer, and boys basketball groups before his appointment as head mentor.
In making ready for his next go-spherical, Harbert hopes to help his scholar-athletes in any way, like functioning to increase the team’s facilities.
“Everybody’s constantly claimed if you experience fantastic about by yourself, if you look good, you’re likely to engage in great,” Harbert explained. “The past mentor [Chris Freeman] did a excellent work of that, owning major of the line gear for the children, and we’re likely to keep on that.”
Harbert and the North Marion Higher University Boosters are hunting at several avenues to increase income for the undertaking, which they aim to have completely ready for the commence of following year, with a tentative Nov. 1 deadline.
Harbert’s social media roll-out detailed a system exactly where particular person lockers can be sponsored or co-sponsored by donors. The donors who sponsor the locker will be outlined on a plaque on the locker, and will be identified and honored at online games future season.
The Boosters prepare on traveling to community firms to solicit donations, when Harbert contacts alumni and gauges their curiosity in donating.
“Coach Harbert did a definitely wonderful task of generating a mock-up of what we hope to acquire with our new locker area — what it is going to glance like,” Booster board member Angie Murphy claimed. “I never know that every person understands what the aged locker home appears to be like. It is so smaller, and I come to feel like when we clearly show them what we’re going to do, they’ll hop on board.”
Harbert and Murphy share the similar sentiment about the neighborhood stepping forward to assistance. Harbert expressed that numerous people today experienced currently arrived at out to him on social media, and his letter on Facebook stated that nameless donors “have already gotten the ball rolling.”
“If there’s a single matter that I can actually say about the North Marion local community, they constantly have our again,” Harbert said. “They had football’s back when they were being -10, all the way up to the state championship in the early 80’s and ‘97. Very same way with basketball, and this yr with the state event for baseball, they traveled very well. The community in North Marion always has our back.”
“I be expecting the community to be powering us, and to help out in any way they can,” Murphy claimed. “I assume everybody’s really energized about it. It’s a lengthy time coming, these young ones have labored pretty challenging and we felt like they deserve a put they can be definitely very pleased of.”
The workforce customers them selves have been filled in on the system beforehand, with an anticipated reaction.
“I rolled it out to the seniors initially, and confirmed them,” Harbert stated. “They were excited about getting new lockers, new facilities. I told them that it’s going to acquire a whole lot of operate on their element far too, they are heading to be a crucial cog in elevating dollars.”
Harbert spoke to the gamers position in speaking to household members about donating to the renovation, or sponsoring a locker. The lockers are envisioned to make up a greater part of the renovation charges, with an approximate delivery time of 8 months and set up time of 3 times.
“I feel it will deliver pride not only to the athletes but to the college,” Murphy reported. “I’m a large proponent of athletics, extracurricular exercise, band, cheerleading, anything that can raise our stage of pleasure in our university. When we have one thing that we make much better, I consider that just sends a concept to the entire university and lifts most people up”