Blossoms' coach ready for season

Michael Ford
Arts & Entertainment Editor   

   The University of Arkansas – Monticello appointed Bob Boldon as the new women’s basketball coach starting this fall.

Photo by Michael Ford

   Boldon previously an associate coach in Corpus Christi, Texascame to UAM to take advantage of the opportunity to be a head coach.

   “I’m happy to be here,” Boldon said. “I’m excited about what we might be able to do this year.”

   He said coaching in a good conference as well as living in the South attracted him to Monticello.

   “I like the people and the community,” Boldon said.

   Boldon got involved with basketball at a very early age.

   “I was a player,” he said. “I played from three or four years old and followed dad around the house. Then I played college ball and eventually wanted to be a high school coach.”

   Boldon said what he liked about coaching resembled what professors liked about teaching – seeing their hard work pay off.

   “I enjoy the teaching aspect of it and to see the winning,” he said.

   Losing, obviously one of the hardest parts for any coach, topped Boldon’s list of the least favorite things about his job.

   “Losing is hard,” he said. “Sometimes teaching kids is hard when they don’t understand. It’s just kids being kids.”

   Boldon, optimistic about the upcoming season, discussed some of the team’s strengths.

   “We have a very good inside game,” he said.

   Boldon said Wendy Young, a Division I transfer from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock, would be a key player, as would guards Abra Motley and Jenna Thomas.

   “The kids are doing a nice job and working hard,” Boldon said.

   The women’s basketball team will play their first scrimmage Nov. 19.

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