A familiar figure in local coaching circles is taking the helm of the Gustine High boys basketball program.
Kingsley Borba, a 2001 Gustine High graduate, has been named the Reds’ varsity boys basketball coach.
He succeeds Jason Oliveira, who stepped down after six years as varsity coach (Oliveira will be coaching the frosh-soph girls basketball team this year).
Borba has some 15 years of coaching experience at various levels and sports in the district, including 12 years of coaching basketball.
He got his coaching start with Gustine Middle School’s eighth-grade boys basketball team a year out of high school. That experience, he said, helped spark a passion for coaching and education.
“It has been a passion of mine,” he said of coaching. “I was athletic director for a while and it was a great experience, but my heart has always been in coaching. Coaching varsity boys basketball has been my goal since I started.”
Borba has been overseeing summer drills which will run into early July, with an emphasis on instilling sound fundamentals and on introducing his coaching style and expectations.
His tenets for success, Borba told Mattos Newspapers, include a strong sense of sportsmanship, solid understanding of the fundamentals, a relentless work ethic and an emphasis on defense.
His philosophy, Borba commented, is that success is built on a foundation of hard work and commitment to defense.
“I have kind of established myself in that way, and it has helped me be successful,” he reflected.
His expectation, Borba added, is that his players do the work necessary to get better every day.
Gustine ended a 19-year boys basketball playoff drought last season.
Borba hopes to build on that momentum, and said he is setting a high bar of expectations.
“My goal is always going to be to win the league championship. Having any lower of a goal sets you up to be average, and I don’t want that,” he stated. “Another goal/expectation is to make the playoffs every year. Any other goal is not going to set you up to be a strong program.”
Putting in the work at summer drills is essential to achieving success and building a strong basketball culture, Borba added.
“The summer program is vital to set that tone,” he stated. “Without it, you put yourself behind.