Courtesy: Murray State Athletic Communications

SILO, Oklahoma- Throughout a star-studded playing career at Southeastern, Adam Dworsky always knew he wanted to eventually coach and the Savage Storm point guard legend will have that chance right here in Bryan County.

Dworsky was officially named the new head boys basketball coach at Silo High School on Monday night replacing Bobby Weil, who recently resigned to take a position at Kiowa.

The former Southeastern standout is fresh off a two-year professional playing stint in Europe, which culminated in the season finale on April 30. Ready to finally embark on that coaching career, he returned to the United States less than a week later.

Once the Silo opportunity presented itself, however, Dworsky felt like it was the perfect chance to return to what has become his home away from home for the Flower Mound, Texas native.

“It was a great two years of playing overseas professionally and then this opportunity arose at Silo,” Dworsky stated. “Considering the community and athletic program I just thought it was a great opportunity to begin my coaching career here. I had only intended to play professionally for two or three years and see the world and different cultures, but my end game was always to be a basketball coach. The right opportunity presented itself and I jumped at the chance.

“It has been a crazy couple weeks since my last game. I got back to the United States a week ago and the process happened quickly. The opportunity here was so great in my eyes and I always wanted to be a high school head coach. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up. When I left Flower Mound I could have never imagined falling in love with another city, another town, another community, but that’s what I did in my five years at Southeastern and Durant. Everyone was so good to me and that’s certainly one of the main reasons I’m so excited to be back in this area. Everything about this area was special to me. It’s just a perfect fit. I know a lot of people and I feel like my support system is great in this area and I’m going to lean on them a lot. It’s just a great place to be and a great place to work.”

During a phenomenal college career at Southeastern, Dworsky put up staggering numbers while helping lead the Savage Storm to monster campaigns. His 884 career assists is fifth all-time in NCAA Division II history.

Despite standing just 5-foot-11, Dworsky was Great American Conference Player of the Year, a 3-time All-Conference and 3-time All-Region honoree, an Academic All American and holds single-game, single-season and career assist records for both Southeastern and the GAC. In his two years and 59 games playing professionally in Europe, Dworsky averaged nearly 10 points and over four assists per outing.

The 25-year-old hopes to utilize that playing experience as a virtual coach on the court to develop players beginning in the younger ranks.

“I certainly tried to think the game not only from a player’s perspective but a coach’s perspective,” Dworsky said. “I feel like I can draw a lot on my experiences as a player in going forward and jumping into this new role since retiring from playing. I want to draw on my experiences of being impactful on the floor even if you’re not the tallest or quickest player on the court.”

The two-time Southeastern Male Athlete of the Year was also a key figure in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) during his five years on the local campus and expects to pick right up in that area again.

And much like his playing days at Southeastern, expect an Adam Dworsky coached team to be up-tempo and play an exciting brand of basketball that Savage Storm fans fell in love with during his tenure. He hopes the same can happen with Rebel fans alike.

“You can expect us to play hard, play fast and compete for the full 32 minutes on both ends of the court,” Dworsky added. “I think our style of play will largely depend on the players we have, but in general you’re going to see guys competing and leaving it all on the court each and every night. I’ve been blessed with a lot of great coaches. Pulling from each of those coaches and forming my own style feels like the best recipe for me.

“Hopefully we’ll have some blue and gold fans turn into red and blue fans as well.”