Coach: Kyle Kendrick
21-22 Record: 11-8
Head coach Kyle Kendrick enters his first season leading the Foyil Panthers after four years coaching at Shidler.
“We are optimistic about the upcoming season and feel like we have good size and great depth,” Kendrick said. “The guys will have to adapt to a new system and style of play, but they have worked hard over the summer and are eager to learn and improve.”
Tyler Pittman (6-1, Sr.) is a great athlete and will be the defensive anchor for the Panthers. His speed, length, and athleticism will allow Foyil to do a lot defensively.
Aidan Bland (6-1, Sr.) is a veteran with an all-around good game. He is coming off a bad hand injury that kept him off the floor last season. If he stays healthy, look for him to put up some impressive numbers this season.
Alejandro Flores (6-0, So.) is a fantastic athlete with great speed and instincts. While only a sophomore he has huge upside. Coaches have been impressed with his dedication to work hard and improve. He’s a good defender and with time can turn into a great all-around player.
Jaxon Ward (6-3, Sr.) is a relentless worker in the post. He’s the type of kid every coach wants on their team with great attitude and effort.
Reggie Weygandt (6-2, Sr.) is a fantastic kid involved in a lot of activities around Foyil.
Other players to look for include: Arnau Torres (6-5, Sr.), Felipe Silva (5-10, Sr.), Arthur Tiechet (6-1, Sr.), Alex Capps (5-10, Sr.), Caleb Burris (5-10, Sr.), Mason Valliere (6-4, Jr.), Dalton Ward (6-0, Jr.), Richard Lomax (6-0, So.), Robin Schmidt (6-4, Sr.), Orasio Flores (5-8, Fr.), Aden Taylor (5-11, Fr.), Gordon Morton (5-11, Sr.), and Jose Salinas (5-11, Fr.).
NEW COACH, NEW ERA
When Foyil High School hired Kyle Kendrick, he was coming off the heels of turning the Shidler basketball program around. Prior to taking over the Shidler program, the Tigers were not very competitive.
Numbers were low and mural was down. After a couple of seasons, Kendrick was able to not only make Shidler a respectable team, but he had turned them into a competitive team that no opponent overlooked and was consistently placing student-athletes in the VYPE Top 100.
With his arrival at Foyil, the players and parents can expect a couple of things.
First, they are going to work. Coach Kendrick likes his players to be conditioned and play tough in the paint. He demands it of his post players.
Next, they will compete. Defense will be key for Foyil early in the season, but as they get deeper into the schedule look for the offensive wrinkles coach Kendrick will throw at his opponents.
Overall, the fanbase for the Panthers should be excited. Give it a chance and watch what happens to your program with coach Kendrick at the helm.