Beau for gold
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For the past four years Beau Wallace has been at the head of the boys’ basketball program at Broken Arrow. Wallace has brought a competitive and hard-working spirit to Broken Arrow basketball. In his four years at Broken Arrow, Wallace has ensured that every team has strong chemistry by creating important relationships between player and coaching staff. Along with that chemistry, Wallace also wants to keep the tradition of playing as a Tiger as something that motivates his players. Wallace’s assistant coach for his four years at BA, Mike Humphrey, knows that the culture of BA basketball and the relationships on the team are detrimental to the motivation of the team as a whole.
“Coach Wallace does a great job of communicating with our players every day,” Humphrey said. “A lot of guys come in here wanting to be a Tiger and add to the success of that tradition each year.”
Of course, every season lies in the hands of the players, and Coach Wallace strives to guide the young men towards success. One of the aspects of the game that Wallace has emphasized to his players is the defensive side of the game. In every one of BA’s wins this year, the Tigers have held their opponent under 60 points. Senior Cory Lane has always been solid on the offensive side of the ball, but under Coach Wallace has come into his own as a defender, and improved as a player overall.
“He’s a very defensive minded coach,” Lane said. “ He has helped me become a better defensive player and he makes sure everyone is giving 110% every time we step on the court.”
Wallace’s deep roots in the game go all the way back to his father coaching him as a kid. That led to being a part of the state championship team at BA under one of his biggest influences in his basketball career, Coach Phillips. After high school, Wallace was an assistant coach to Rusty Stecker at BA before he took the head coaching job at East Central. After having great success there, Wallace was led back to Broken Arrow, this time as a head coach.
“There have been plenty of influences in my life that affect how I coach,” Wallace said. “Coach Phillips (my HS Coach) has helped me a lot on the mental part of the game, Coach Stecker, who I was assistant at here at BA showed me how to put the time in and make sure you have prepared for everything and how to make adjustments. Lastly, my father coached me as a kid and taught me how to be a competitor.”
Every year Wallace is at BA, he learns more and more, and through him the players learn exponentially. The team is about to enter a long stretch of home games, so there is an opportunity for Broken Arrow to take advantage of this section of the schedule. Wallace has used his experience from winning a championship to prepare his team to make a run in the playoffs this year.
“Winning a championship as a player has some clout with players here, but I just try to help them understand that it can and should be done again here at Broken Arrow,” Wallace said. “There are always good players at Broken Arrow, we just need to keep developing them in the younger grades and continue to build the program.”
Broken Arrow will be in the Tiger Fieldhouse facing off against Muskogee on Jan. 27.