When it comes to building a culture at any type of sports program, it does not happen overnight. Sometimes you have to take a couple of lumps before you are able to establish success. Last season, coach Mike Reynoso and Canada College struggled to find success on a consistent level. The Redwood City based college posted a 5-22 overall record and finished last place in the Coast North Conference.
Going into the summer, 2nd year coach Mike Reynoso is working hard on turning things around. “Our goal is getting better players,” said Reynoso. “I want to recruit players that fit my style and our culture,” he added. The Colt culture begins with hard work on and off the court. On the court, ” I want to play a physical type of basketball and make teams earn everything in the paint, said Reynoso. Ball pressure and collapsing the lane are two high priorities on the defensive side in what the Colts want to accomplish. On the offensive side, Reynoso wants to have a versatile style. Off the court respect is a big thing for the Canada program. “Respect is given to everyone,” said Reynoso. Respect and hard work are key factors when describing the Colt Culture that Reynoso is putting into place.
When the fall semester begins, you will see an improved Canada College squad. “6-2″ leading scorer Israel Hakim returns after a sensational freshman campaign. Hakim was invited to Jerry Mullens showcase in Dallas. The standout guard averaged 21.8 points as a freshman. He will be a standout for the Colts this upcoming season. “6-5″ Rondhell Goodwin who averaged 14.3 points is back for his sophomore season as well. “6-0″ Kenny Hatch will be back for the Colts. “I expect Kenny to be a good leader”, said Reynoso about Hatch. Hatch averaged double figures in scoring for the Colts in his freshman season (10.1 ppg). Two incoming freshmen have Coach Reynoso excited for the upcoming season. “6-3″ Crisshawn Clark from Wayne, Ohio is expected to have a huge impact. “He has a chance to be the best player, and will push Hakim’s game to the next level,” said Mike Reynoso. Another Wayne, Ohio native, “6-2″ Juan Ford will make an impact for the upcoming season.