Special to The Sun
Taking over a program that won just four games the previous season might breed caution for most coaches. But new Edmond North boys basketball coach Steven Goss isn’t taking it easy.
“I have high expectations for this season and our goal is to get back to the state tournament,” he said. “We only won four games last year, but we have four starters back, eight seniors, including one who moved in, so I’m really happy with where we’re at right now.”
Goss comes to North after a successful coaching stint at Haskell High School. Last year, he led the Haymakers to the state tournament for just the third time in school history. He finished with a 45-32 record over three seasons.
While Goss expects to bring that same success and stability to the Husky basketball program, North has had four coaches in the past four years, and five in the last six years.
“These kids are accustomed to change but I’m focused on building this program,” he said. “I already bought a house here and plan on staying.”
Goss knows the Huskies have been down the past couple years, but is quick to point to the school’s rich tradition.
“They went to the state tournament a few years ago and they went three or four times under coach Ralph Nigro. There’s tradition, we just need to get back to it.”
To get there, the Huskies will lean on a veteran cast. Their experienced lineup includes returning starters Tyler Sanders, Ed Baker, David Montgomery and Austin Usrey, and Carlbe Ervin, who moved in from Carl Albert.
The experience is especially strong in the backcourt. Sanders is a four-year starter at point guard. Baker has also logged plenty of varsity minutes and led the team in scoring last year with 12 points per game.
Ervin is also no stranger to the spotlight. He guided the Titans to the Class 5A state semifinals a year ago and led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
“Carlbe is a very good player who has been getting some Division I looks,” Goss said. “He’s a great scorer and will really help our backcourt.”
The Huskies also have some size down low with Usery and Montgomery, who are both 6-foot-4.
Seniors Cole Schwab, Will Van Beckham and Ryan Hunter will also contribute off the bench.
North opens the season Tuesday night at Santa Fe. They host Putnam City West Friday in the home opener.