This winter when the Milford Buccaneers hit the floor basketball season, they’ll do so under new leadership.

Lamarr Shorts was named the team’s new head coach, taking over from Bob Spath, who has resigned. Under Spath the team made four straight DIAA Boys Basketball tournament berths before missing out last year after a 6-14 finish.

Milford graduate Shorts is no stranger to hoops in the area, having played both middle school and high school basketball at Milford before graduating in 2004. Shorts continued his basketball career at the collegiate level, first as a walk-on at Liberty University before transferring to Bryan College in Tennessee.

Now a special education teacher at Milford Central Academy, Shorts is ready to take on another challenge.

“To be offered the head varsity basketball coaching position at my alma mater is really an awesome honor,” Shorts said. “Right now, for me and coaching, I believe this is a great place to be.”

He has been involved in coaching over the years, which should help him transition nicely to the sidelines.

“I’ve been able to coach three years in the AAU circuit in Tennessee,” Shorts said. “And as assistant varsity coach for one year and a head middle school coach for one year in the Milford School District.”

With a few months to go before the team hits the hardwood, Shorts is already taking the time to get to know his new squad.

“At this moment I’m still building relationships with all of the players, really learning who they are and what things they like to do on the basketball court,” Shorts said. “We believe we have a hard working group that is passionate and driven to have a successful season.”

When it comes to the goals he’s set for himself and the team, Shorts hopes to mold the program into one they can all be proud of.

“Goals are to work hard, take one day at a time and to utilize every opportunity to grow as a person and as a basketball player,” Shorts said.

Meeting with the team after being hired, Shorts said, “My message to them was simple. We will be a team that plays together, that is selfless, smart and is a great representation of ourselves, families, school and community.”