Kevin Quinlan knows that he inherited a young but talented group of basketball players at Glenelg Country School.  The newly appointment head coach already has high hopes for the 2010-11 version of the Dragons.

Rising junior forward Isaiah Miles has been highly recruited since he stepped foot on the Ellicott City campus and will lead the charge.  The 6-foot-7 force in the middle will be joined by rising sophomore Warren Powers, a 6-foot-4 guard who has impressed over the summer.

“I am thrilled to be working with the young men in our program,” said Quinlan.  “Isaiah has gotten stronger and improved his ballhandling, and he is playing more and more aggressively. Warren has shown improvement, too. He is driving and finishing with more confidence, and he has been shooting the ball pretty well.”

He added: “Miguel Flores and Kevin Boyd are two other guys who have made considerable progress this summer.”

Quinlan coached at Thomas Edison in Alexandria, Virginia for the last three seasons before making the jump to the prestigious MIAA conference.  He’s ready to bring his coaching style and philosophies to Glenelg.

“First and foremost, my staff and I will expect the student-athletes in our program to give their best effort in the classroom on a daily basis and to carry themselves like gentlemen in the community,” he said.  “On the court, we have two distinct battle cries for the coming year: defend every possession with a sense of urgency and compete as a team.”

There is no doubt the Dragons have the offensive fire power but what the upset loss to St. Paul’s in the B Conference semifinals round last year showed was that the defense needed to improve.  That’s where Quinlan steps in.

“My staff and I will make it absolutely clear to our young men that we are a defense-first basketball program and that we will sacrifice individual glory in the name of the team.”