Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coach's Corner With: Blake Kingsley, SCS

Coach Blake Kingsley Jr. enters his first season at Scotland Campus Sports with the quintessential hands-on attributes of a player’s coach.
Adept at areas such as skill refinement and player development, don’t be surprised to see Coach Blake leading by action during intensified workouts. An Oregon native, coach Kingsley spent the last year as an assistant coach and fabled Lake Oswego High School, the alma mater of Kevin Love.

While at Lake Oswego, Kingsley was instrumental in on-court coaching and scouting reputable programs throughout the area. He was also the driving force for 6 a.m. workouts, where he instilled an innovative player development regimen which helped change the culture of the program.
He also coached the freshman team at Oswego, guiding them to a 15-4 record and first place in the conference. Coach Kingsley would further his involvement in critical player development components while at Mount Hood Community College. In addition, he played an integral role in recruiting at every all-regional tournaments and showcase events.

At Scotland Campus Sports, Kingsley will be responsible for a variety of roles beyond Xs and Os. Constantly orchestrating individual and group workouts while simultaneously operating in-house scrimmages, he’s developed an enhanced feel for this year’s infusion of talent. He’ll contribute by methodically harnessing this talent in strategic fashion for the 2017-18 campaign. Coach Blake will also be a vital piece in day-to-day activities such as scouting, analyzing and dissecting film, recruiting, and coordinating with NCAA colleges throughout the recruitment process. Above all, he’ll be a key figure in propelling the development of countless student-athletes from callow freshman to heavily-recruited post-graduates sifting through offers.

Prior to coaching at the high school and collegiate level, Kingsley served as a video coordinator under head coach Mike Thibault for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. His steady involvement included personnel video edits and live-streaming games. Coach Blake also implemented scout film sessions, which ingrained the game plan into the team and allowed them to make necessary tweaks and adjustments for the opponent.

As a student manager at the University of Oregon, Kingsley witnessed a revitalized program defy all expectations. During his stay at Oregon, the program enhanced its profile by pulling off recruiting coups such as 2017 NBA draft picks Dillon Brooks, Jordan Bell, and Tyler Dorsey. The pinnacle would occur during the 2016 NCAA tournament, when the Ducks pulled off a marquee and memorable 82-68 win over a Brandon Ingram, Grayson Allen-led Duke team in the Sweet 16.