PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - It's the first Saturday of the (unofficial) start of summer for kids all across Cenla.
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For high school basketball players, it means the beginning of a summer of work.
And for two new head coaches, it means the opportunity that they've both earned officially begins.
"Finally, I'm settled in over there. We're only on our third practice," says Antonio Benjamin, who traded the teal and black of Avoyelles Charter for red and white this off-season, being introduced as Tioga High School's new man-in-charge last month.
"It's going to to be a summer of learning these kids and these kids learning me," said Benjamin through a smile. "I just want to see them compete...that's the biggest thing."
Lance Brasher, who coached Tioga for the previous eight seasons, did some color-swapping of his own. It's only purple and gold now for Brasher, who is now in charge of ASH's program.
Brasher is going through a similar adjustment with his new team.
"Whenever you get to a new place, it's a complete rebuild," says Brasher. "You start from the ground up. That's what we're doing here. You've got veteran guys, but they aren't veteran to the system. So, it's just about getting all of these guys on the same page."
The two coaches will have the summer to do just that.
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