The Bruce Allsup era at Parklane Academy is officially underway after he was introduced Thursday afternoon as the Pioneers’ new girls basketball coach.
“I’m extremely excited,” he said.
“I’m coming to a new area which intrigues me and a new school that I don’t know a lot about. Anytime you have a lot of newness, it is really exciting personally.”
Allsup comes to Parklane after spending the last five years at Starkville Academy as both the boys and girls basketball head coach.
He explained that he pondered getting out of coaching before being intrigued by the Parklane opening.
He replaces Molly Speed, who recently stepped down. In the one year under Speed, the Pioneers finished with an overall record of 14-17 and 4-6 in district play.
Allsup was introduced in front of a small crowd Thursday inside the Parklane gym.
Among the crowd were current players, who listened in as Allsup explained a few of his philosophies.
“I am going to coach with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of excitement and I expect my players to do the same,” he said.
“My goal is to play a brand of basketball that is going to excite the community. People are going to want to come watch us play because of the product that we are putting on the floor.”
And Allsup believes he has the right group of girls in order to do so.
“I think that I have a group of girls that is excited about turning this program into something that we can be really, really proud of.”
Pioneer assistant coach Tammy Gillihan, who has been with the program for the last six years, believes that Allsup will be a great fit at Parklane.
“I think that we are going to get good at his offense and defense and buy into his philosophy,” she said.
Allsup and the Pioneers will begin practice during the first week of June.