Coaching Philosophy Coach Dennis P Geraghty
We believe that Western Dubuque is now one of the top basketball programs in the Wamac conference. With 2 trips to the State tourney in 2010 and 2012, and a record of 142-47 over the last 8 years, the Bobcats have been ranked in the top 10 of the State polls in both 3A and 4A during the last 5 years. Winning 4 consecutive Wamac Divisional championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 has been a major accomplishment. The 2011-12 Bobcats record of 24-3 and a second place finish at the 3A State tourney ranks this team as the second most successful basketball team in school history.
The coaching staff will try to teach our student athletes that winning basketball games is important , but equally important is how we play the game, respect the game, the officials, and our opponents. With that in mind, we want to make sure that the players have fun. We will emphasize that the journey they will embark on during their high school basketball days is far more important than the desired destination. Of course we would like to duplicate the perfect season the Bobcats of 2001 had when they won the State championship. This will be a long hard road and will take hard work, talent, sacrifices, determination, perseverance, and outstanding attitudes.
We will teach that Faith, Family, and Academics will come ahead of basketball. We never want basketball to come ahead of these very important “Life” endeavors. Coach John Wooden once said, “Failure to Prepare, prepares you to Fail.” The coaching staff will work extremely hard to prepare our players to meet their demands of the basketball court, the classroom, and life.
We feel that a player with an exceptional attitude and average talent can always be successful. Attitude is something our players can control every day as they approach the challenges they will meet. With a positive attitude, the journey becomes much more fun and rewarding.
We feel confident that the basketball players of Western Dubuque High School are good role models for our younger players in the community, and will make people anxious to come out and support us, and our gym will be “filled,” with energy. We hope everyone in the Bobcat family will notice that our journey has begun, and success lies ahead for our basketball program. Coach Geraghty