Former GHS varsity coach Kyle Joseph leads Mid Ohio Pumas at Adidas Three Stripe Select Basketball California tournament
GREENVILLE – Former Greenville Varsity boys basketball coach, Kyle Joseph is in the California coastal city of Seal Beach located in Orange County with his Adidas Three Stripe Select Basketball (3SSB) team, the Mid Ohio Pumas to compete with 30 of the top teams in the nation.
Former Greenville Senior High School basketball players, Aaron Rich, Isaiah Gable and Noah Walker have helped coach the Pumas with their former coach, Coach Joseph. Walker will be on the sideline assisting Coach Joseph in California.
Coach Joseph is the head coach of the 2024 Mid Ohio Pumas with players entering their junior high school season. The seven player team has two players from Hilliard Bradley and one each from Johnathan Alder, Delaware Hayes, Marysville, Westerville Central and Newark.
The elite team will be playing many of the top players in their class in the country this week and go into the tournament small in comparison to many of the teams. Mid-Ohio sports a 6’7” player from Marysville and the balance of the team stands between 6’0” and 6’4”.
“It is a really good experience for our players,” Joseph stated. “They will be playing in front of hundreds of college coaches this week so a good opportunity for them.”
Coach Joseph’s team earned the invitation with a perfect 8-0 Adidas Gold two-tournament team record qualifying the Ohio team to play in the California 3SSB tournament.
“Instead of playing the Adidas Gold Circuit teams we will be playing the Three Stripe Select Basketball teams which is the highest sponsorship level you can get with Adidas,” Joseph noted. “Addis Gold is one step down.”
Coach Joseph’s coaching experience at the high school and college level paved the way for the prestigious coaching position.
“When we moved to Columbus last year I figured I would get in touch with some people around central Ohio,” Joseph said. “I saw on twitter where Mid Ohio Pumas needed coaches so I reached out to them. Last year I coached just a regular AAU team – I was kind of late in the process so the head of it. Dave Mirgon (President Mid-Ohio Pumas) got ahold of me and said he had a team for me to coach that year but then would try to get me one of their top teams this year just based off my experience.”
The 2021 season Coach Joseph was not sure what to expect but it was an opportunity to coach and the rest is history.
“It’s just a different dynamic for me – just working on things coaching wise,” explained Joseph. “We get to do different things you don’t get to do with a high school team that are not quite as good or kids who don’t have quite as high of basketball IQ…where you’re not going to just draw up something at timeout that they have never done before and expect them to do it whereas here you can experiment with things like that.”
With the talent level Coach Joseph has on the team, practices can at times be minimal with weekend tournaments in play.
“In the winter we don’t do anything because they are with their high school teams,” said Joseph. “We had one practice in July before we went down to Charlotte and then we had one practice last Saturday before leaving for California. In the spring we practice Friday night and Saturday morning when we didn’t have tournaments. Not a lot of practice time but these kids are all really good and really smart. They all come from really good high school programs so they pick this stuff up very quick.”