After being a part of back-to-back 4A state championships as an assistant, Terrell Anderson parlayed that experience into being the new head boys basketball coach at North Pike High School.
Anderson served as an assistant coach at Raymond High School, where the Rangers have reigned over Class 4A for the last two seasons. Anderson got his start in coaching in 2012 at N.R. Burger Middle School in Hattiesburg before becoming the head coach of Carver Middle School where he also won back-to-back championships.
“I saw North Pike had an opening and everybody told me I had the tools to get the job done,” Anderson said. “I didn’t think I would go for it, but everyone had confidence that I could do it and I went for it and I guess I blew them away in the interview.”
Anderson said he wants to implement a similar defensive philosophy that helped spearhead Raymond’s championship run, which is predicated on man-to-man coverage with intense pressure.
“I’m not promising we’ll win a state championship, but we’ll be competitive,” he said. “It’s just about teaching the kids to be disciplined. I give them the freedom to play, but they’ll be disciplined on and off the court.”
The early returns on Anderson’s style have been good with the team losing only two of 10 games so far in summer play.
He said he has a talented team that is starting to buy into what he wants.
“It doesn’t hurt to have a player like Alijah Martin playing for you,” Anderson said. “He’s one of the best players in the state. KJ Nobles has been coming along well. If they buy in, everybody else will follow.”
In addition to the in-your-face style on defense, Anderson wants the Jaguars to play with pace on the offensive end. He emphasized that offense must feed off of the team’s defensive pressure.
“Speed and uptempo,” he said “We have a lot of fast guys on the team. We’re not very big, but we’re versatile.”
The Jaguars are coming off a 8-18 record last season and Anderson said he expects his experience with Raymond to pay dividends for the Jaguars now and once the season starts later this fall.
Later this month, North Pike will be playing in Hattiesburg, as well as Mississippi College, among other places.