Blues men’s basketball team has a new head coach
With an impressive history of wins and a varied background in teaching men’s basketball, Kannemeyer has his vision set and clear on the team’s potential for success. “I’ve either coached against, coached, tried to recruit or have recruited all of them,” said Kannemeyer, “You take notes on players even if you don’t recruit them.”
This, he believes, is a big reason that Acob, CapU Athletic Director Milt Williams and Quest University head coach Sean Shook — who Kannemeyer worked closely with at Quest — deemed him the perfect fit for the Blues men’s basketball team. “They got together and basically decided that it would be a good transition for the Cap players to have a coach come in on an interim basis that knew a lot of the players already,” he said.
This season’s roster has a lot of quickness and athleticism and Kannemeyer strongly believes that this will be what drives the team. “I hope to bring an up-tempo offence, one that I’ll feature what I believe is a very strong guard-oriented roster,” he said.
As a coach, there are two things that Kannemeyer values most: the adaption of his X’s and O’s to his personnel and team building. “I like to do a lot of team building so by the end of the seasons, we all really love and respect each other, we all have fun together and those things,” he said. “If a player’s healthy and happy, and a coach is happy, then everybody’s happy and the play will reflect that.”
Outside of the gym, Kannemeyer believes that academics always come first. “I hope to bring a strong belief in academics so it rubs off on the players and really support them to try and put them in the right positions to be excellent student athletes,” he said.
Kannemeyer bases these values off of the acronym FAST: Family, Accountability, Selflessness and Trust. These are what he believes should intertwine with the four sectors of student life: practice, games, academics and the community. Excited to create a bond with the team, Kannemeyer is also looking forward to having the opportunity to coach at the PacWest Level for the sixth year, and seeing if his philosophies will translate into some wins for the team. “I hope to bring a strong work ethic and a lot of energy to the program and hopefully that rubs off on the roster and we’re able to deliver an exciting product,” said Kannemeyer. “One that is fun for the students at Cap to come see and support us…. My hope is that the energy I bring will help us win some games, make playoffs and be a competitive force in the playoffs. We will be a team to be reckoned with.”
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