By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Cardinal basketball has new head coach

Assistant athletic director Jordan Starr to lead the Cardinal court


Last updated 6/20/2019 at 10:25am

Jordan Starr, Medical Lake High School assistant athletic director, has been named the new Cardinal head basketball coach.

In a telephone interview, Starr said his goal for the 2020 season is to create an identity for his players. He knows the Cards’ opponents and his players, he said, and the style he wants to play against their opponents.

“If we can create a great identify as a team we can find some success in the league,” Starr said.

By identity, he said he wants his team to know who they are, to have the ability to transition, to pressure the ball on defense — communicate and be competitive on every possession.

Looking into his coach’s crystal ball, Starr said he sees Deer Park as the leading league contender, and Lakeside a tough team as well.

“The whole league will be tough and competitive,” Starr said. “Every game is going to be tough, and we’re going to preach that to the kids.”

Although the Cards lost several seniors to graduation, Starr said the team has plenty of competitive juniors coming up to fill their slots. He mentioned seniors like 6-foot-2-inch Jordan Peterson, 6-foot-4-inch Nick Mason, 6-foot-2-inch Nathan Jasmer and 5-foot-11-inch junior Ashton Hamilton-Becker.

“We have some big guys that are returning that we’re excited about,” Starr said. “We should have a good nucleus.”

Many players are participating in summer tournaments to work on skill development and keep their ball-handling fresh, according to Starr.

Starr has been with Medical Lake High School for three years, and served as assistant coach under former head coach Noel Hachtel, who recently left the region.

The Cards logged a 5-7 Northeast A league record and 8-15 overall, ending the 2019 season in fifth place.

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