Subbie Co-Ed Basketball: A season in review


With the Subbie Season coming to a close on January 29th, 2022, the finished season is something all of Uni should be proud of. The subbies finished with a 10-8 record, where compared to the past few years this is the best it has been. Head Coach Joel Beesley, who previously coached the subbie girls in the 2019-2020 season and coached the high school boys through the early 2000’s, talked highly of his team in an interview on Tuesday.

“I think the kids had a good year, a disappointing ending but a good season overall. A lot of new kids, brand new to basketball and because of that we struggled at the very beginning learning stuff, but they were great kids to work with, we had a lot of fun, and I think they all really improved.”

The subbie team being co-ed was a new prospect for Uni as well, seeing as there hadn’t been one since the late 80’s. Beesley, who has been teaching at Uni for 26 years says this is the first one he knows of, and knew it would definitely be different for him. There were only minor struggles that came with the co-ed team,

“We had to deal with locker room issues but that wasn’t too much of a problem, no one on either side of that really complained. Both groups blended pretty well, had a lot of fun, and fought our opponents to the bitter end.”

Now with the season finally over, the subbies and Beesley can look back on it, proud of what they’ve achieved. The subbies really seemed to enjoy playing in Kenney Gym, possibly a glimpse at their future of playing at the high school level if they choose to do so.

“The kids played extremely well for the most part in their Kenney Gym games, they love playing there for some reason.”

With Beesley now having coached every basketball team besides high school girls, who knows what’s next for him, a possible return to coaching the subbies, or going back to solely teaching.