Burbank High Names Steve Eshleman the new Head Coach of the Boy's Basketball Program
The Burbank Bulldogs boys’ basketball team named Steve Eshleman their next head coach earlier this spring. He will be taking over a Bulldogs squad that finished with a 9-16 overall record and a 5-9 mark in Pacific League play, and he replaces Sid Cooke and interim head coach Michael Lance. Eshleman grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and attended college at Penn State University. He’s had 41 years of coaching experience at the high school level and loved the game of basketball at a young age. Most recently, he was the head girls’ basketball coach at Van Nuys High School and an assistant coach for the boy’s varsity squad at St Francis High School.
Former Athletic Director Patrick McMeniman shared his thoughts on hiring Steve Eshleman as the next head coach of the Burbank High School Boys Basketball program, “Coach Eshleman comes with years of basketball experience coaching kids of all levels. He has coached more than 50 playoff games during his time in Pennsylvania, including leading one of his teams to a state championship game. He is a lifelong learner of the sport, he is student-centered, and he is full of energy. I am very confident that he can bring Bulldogs basketball back to the high level of play that we once achieved.” McMeniman also stated that Eshleman will report to the administration and the athletic directors who are there to support the head coaches to give them what they need to be successful. The final decision on the coaching staff will all be on Eshleman.
Current Athletic Director Allison McKain is also looking forward to what Eshleman can bring to the school. “We are excited to welcome Steve Eshleman as Head Coach to lead our boy's basketball program and anticipate that Coach Eshleman will bring longevity and consistency to our student-athletes. We are confident that he will provide a foundation for our program, essential for support for years to come for the development of our players and program as a whole. When Coach Eshleman coaches, his love for both the game and his players is evident. He brings a positive and enthusiastic energy every time he steps on the court that echoes throughout the gym and is motivating to players. Coach Eshleman has already implemented new and creative ideas for the program for this summer. We are looking forward to a successful winter season, with a strong cohesive team dynamic that will make us a tough competitor within our league.”
Eshleman shared his vision of how he expects his team to play when the next season begins in regards to his system, “I’ve always been an uptempo coach. I like to run and put pressure on a team offensively and defensively to try to get easy baskets. I see a lot of good athletes in Burbank so maybe we can do something like that.” He called it a new start when asked about if the team will be rebuilding or contending next season as he said that he never liked the term rebuilding but preferred the word reloading. Michael Lance will be retained on staff along with fellow assistant Ronald Mosley. Ty Eshleman and Ray Watanga have also been added to the staff as well. Ty Eshleman, son of incoming head coach Head Coach Steve Eshleman will be coaching the JV Squad, while it’s still to be determined who will be handling the head frosh coaching duties.
Eshleman will be tasked to get the Bulldogs back on track in 23-24 and to build on the positives from the season that the team had last year.