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Coach's Corner - Tue, Mar. 21, 2017
Coach's Corner: Highlight of the Week (March 21)

Butch Stockton, Chalmette High School Boys Basketball Coach

  • High School: North Pike High School
  • Junior College: Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Undergrad: Delta State University
  • Graduate School: Southeastern Louisiana University
  • St. Bernard's Sports Hall of Fame Inductee 2013
  • William "Butch" Stockton has been coaching for over 40 years and has over 600 wins.
  • LHSBCA Head Coordinator for Boys Basketball

Coach, one of your players, Mitchell Robinson, participated in the LHSCA All-Star Game this weekend and led the East team with 17 points. How was it getting to see one of your athletes compete one more time?
"It's always great to see your players being honored by being selected to participate in these all-star games, and I was especially glad to hear Mitchell tell me he wanted to play in the Louisiana all-star game. That speaks well on behalf of Mitchell, because he was selected to participate in multiple national all-star games but still wanted to play in this one."

Robinson has had an incredible past two seasons and has garnered a lot of national attention. How does it feel to have one of your players be recognized on such a high level?
"It's truly special. Mitchell Robinson has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game on March 29 on ESPN at 6 pm. Mitchell also was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 at the Barclay Center in New York. Last year Mitchell was selected for All-State, All-Metro, and All-District. This year he was selected as District MVP. He's ranked number 9 on the ESPN list. All of these achievements and accomplishments aren't only a great honor for Mitchell, but for Chalmette high school, the community and also the state of Louisiana. With Mitchell being selected to play in these national games, this speaks volumes about the basketball programs and the coaches in our state."

You have been involved with the LHSCA and the LHSBCA over the years and have been a part of a lot of successful all-star games. What is it about this event that you really enjoy? That is really special to you?
"I think this event is always very well organized. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission does an outstanding job putting on this event. I can't say enough good things about the job that they have done in promoting this game and welcoming our players and coaches for the weekend."

What is your favorite part about being a high school coach?
"One of my favorite things is to be able to go out and see the players play with their full potential, and also for each player to go out there and make it once their high school career is over. Whether it's in the community, in their job, or even as a professional basketball player, I love to see them excel. As a coach you want to see your players excel not only on the court, but outside of the court as well."

As a veteran coach, what advice would you give a young coach just starting out?
"My best advice to any young coach is to be yourself. Don't try to be anyone else. If you have a philosophy, then go with that philosophy, believe that philosophy and get your players to believe in it. The best thing you can do is believe in yourself, and in return your players will believe in you and you will be successful."