PVHS Basketball Overcoming Preseason Obstacles


The boys basketball season started this November, but this season is not going to be like the rest with many changes to the coaching staff.

Brian Edelman took a leave from his role as varsity head coach this year, needing rest during his battle with cancer. 

However, Edelman is still active in the program as he is serving as the Program Director. 

Former JV coach John Schweisberger has retired after many years coaching at Palos Verdes High.

 Former Freshman and Sophomore coach Emmett Thomas left the program to pursue an opportunity in Alabama.  

“It was definitely different having a new varsity coach, but it doesn’t really make a difference,” senior Will Bengston said. 

“Our goals dont change and our values as a team don’t change, so it doesn’t make a difference in terms of team morale and the overall team composition.” 

Although this sudden change is a struggle, the program has found new coaches to step in quickly. 

Coach Greg Clark, who coached at Palos Verdes before Brian Edelman took over, is back to coach the varsity team again. 

Assistants, former players, and inexperienced coaches have also stepped up to help the program. 

These coaches include new Junior Varsity coach Blake Goldstein and Freshman and Sophomore coach Israel Passmore. 

“It gives us someone to play for,” Bengston added. 

“Now we play for each other, but we also play for Brian.”

Last year was a inconsistent year for Sea King basketball, but the team is ready and motivated to flip the script and contend for a Bay League championship this season under the help of the new coaching staff.