WARREN — When Keelyn Franklin took over the Warren G. Harding basketball program in May, he had to devise a philosophy that would re-energize a team coming off a tough season.
The former Raider didn’t have to look far to find his style.
Franklin is creating his own system by blending the principles he learned from former Harding coaches — and mentors — Steve Arnold and Andy Vlajkovich.
“It’s kind of a mix between how it was when I played under coach Arnold and how coach V (Vlajkovich) coached,” said Franklin, who replaced Gabe Bubon after he coached one season. “We try to mix in a lot of toughness type things. We demand a lot out of our kids as far as conditioning and putting them in a lot of defensive drills, which is what we did with coach Arnold. To add in how we were with coach V, he was one of the better offensive minds that I’ve ever been around.
“So, I try to add in that toughness aspect, and then on the offensive end running some really good stuff to put our kids in position to be successful. … It’s kind of a weird dynamic from what I played in and also what I know as a coach. I try to mesh those two together.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.