Meisner takes over Crestview boys basketball

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 04:16 PM.

“When I moved here, I thought it was a job I would possibly want to look into. When it came open, coach (Kevin) Pettis (the Crestview athletic director) came to the office and asked if I would be interested in applying for it. I thought about it and said, ‘What the heck, let’s see what happens.’”

Meisner said he threw his name in the ring, got an interview and got the job.

Meisner, who has followed the Bulldogs’ past few years, praised former coach Keith White’s work. However, other than an intensity similar to White’s, their coaching styles somewhat differ, Meisner said.

“Defense is probably going to be the biggest difference,” he said. “We are going to want to press a little bit more.

“Talking to the kids the last couple of weeks and getting to know the kids, they said they didn’t press a lot. It was a lot of up and down (the court), offensively. It was a lot of run and gun.”

Meisner said he likes to look for mismatches that his defense can exploit, and the Bulldogs will incorporate a variety of man-to-man, zone and zone press looks to create offense off the defense.

“We obviously want to take advantage of our opponents’ mistakes and capitalize pressing the ball full court,” he said. “I like to mix and match (defenses).

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