By Jerry Del Priore
After Lab Museum United High School decided to start anew with five new coaches for its sports programs, former Lab Museum girls head basketball coach Michael Lloyd found himself sans a coaching job. Fortunately for him, Lloyd landed on his feet with Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology two days later earlier in the month.
Located in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Lloyd is relishing the new opportunity at BKHSLT, to make his mark in the PSAL girls’ ‘B’ basketball conference, improving beyond the squads’ 8-8 record last season, he said.
“I knew this is would be an opportunity to grow, and actually put my imprint on this program. I feel like I’m in a better situation where administration supports the program, supports what we do,” Lloyd told www.BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “They want us to have a top program. I just feel excited to come and walk into the building and work with the young ladies who want to work.”
Lloyd, who guided the Lady Gators to the PSAL A conference championship finals, a 59-40 defeat, will have a young crop of talent from which to work with and mold into contenders.
Included in the conversation is Kiya Marquez, a talented sophomore guard who’s garnering interest from eight colleges. Plus, Kayla Dawkins and returning sophomore Janelle Ash, who Lloyd said, “she’ll surprise some people” with her hardwood skills.
He plans on employing one of his trademark coaching philosophies, a tough defensive effort, something he calls, “Trap or die.”
However, with all his past success that he’s experienced, Lloyd still believes he has to prove himself all over again with his new flock of eager ballers.
“Other people think I’m weak and vulnerable now, because I don’t have the group that I had (in the past),” the Harlem native explained. “So, they think they’re going to beat up on us. You know me, I’m fighter. That’s not going to happen. My team’s going to play; we’re going to compete. When it’s all said and done, we’re going to be one of those teams that a team is not going to want to play come playoff time.”
Lloyd beckoned an old-school musical reference before the era of downloads—meaning it’s time to record the action—to sum up his highly-anticipated enthusiasm for the hoops season.
“Get your tape decks ready,” he said. “We’re going to have some fun times. I’m just happy that I’m in a good space.”
The Lady Jets open their PSAL basketball season on Friday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. against Bushwick Campus High School on their home court at Hebrew Educational Society in Canarsie.