Coach Hott knows the team he has next year will be different from last year's senior-heavy team that earned one of the few winning seasons in several years. The Rams are in the tough Okaw Valley Conference and they always compete, but have not always had the success they wanted in the win column.
Last year, Steers, in just his second year at the helm, accomplished that, with a big post man and a cadre of seniors. They will graduate and Hott will be rebuilding.
"It will be a different team," Hott said. "We have a little work to do before next year. We know we lost our big post and five senior starters. We have all the other coaching staff back and that's huge."
Kyle Ladd (SHS) will coach the JV again, Neil Compton (SHS) will coach the freshmen, and Roger Jones (SHS) will coach the 8th grade.
Hott will have one advantage over Coach Steers. He lives three blocks away from the school and substitute teaches a couple days a week, so he will have more contact with the kids in the halls, as well as at practice.
What can we expect from the 2013 Rams?
"It will depend on who will come out," Coach Hott said. "We are going to have to create our own shots with pick and roll and pick and pop. We will still use some of the plays from last year, that weren't predicated on going to the big man. We will extend the floor more.
"I like to press and fast break and play a lot of kids," Coach Hott said. "Hopefully, we can play eight, nine, or ten guys, depending on who has the ability to play at the varsity level."
Will it be like how he coached the 7th grade?