Spencer Dunkley is taking his first basketball head coaching position this winter, guiding the Appoquinimink High boys program. He’s been a head coach before with the M.O.T. Soccer Club when coaching his own kids, and laughed when saying that experience prepared him for anything.


 

 

 

What’s the goal? Win it all

 

Spencer Dunkley is taking his first basketball head coaching position this winter, guiding the Appoquinimink High boys program. He’s been a head coach before with the M.O.T. Soccer Club when coaching his own kids, and laughed when saying that experience prepared him for anything.

 

Q: What are your general offensive and defensive philosophies?

A: Move the ball and get it into the hands of the people who know what to do with it. I played in professionally in Europe for 10 years, and have adopted a lot of their methods, especially the dribble drive and kick.

Defense wins championships, and defense creates offense. I like to pressure the ball and create turnovers for easy baskets.

Q: Do you have any specific team goals for your first season at Appoquinimink?

A: Win it all.

Q: What did you learn during your two-year assistant coaching stint at Caravel Academy?

A: Tom and his coaching staff taught me a lot about coaching. When I arrived at Caravel I was a player, I left a coach. It was a great program with really nice people.

Q: Who is the toughest center you've ever guarded?

A: I do not remember the guys name, but he was Russian. I was 27ish and he looked like he was 40, 6'8 and and great around the basket. He gave me the business. I have played against many great players like Rik Smits, Arvydas Sabonis, the Davis boys, and this no name-guy was by far the most difficult to guard, and beat on ‘O’.

Q: When did you first notice you were extra, extra tall?

A: The first time I bumped my head on the top of the door frame.

Q: As a native of England, what do you miss about your home country?

A: Fish and chips. Room temperature pints, singing at the footie game on a Saturday afternoon, and family.

 

ABOUT SPENCER

Name Spencer Dunkley

Team Appoquinimink High boys basketball coach

A closer look When the 6-foot-11 Dunkley was inducted into the University of Delaware Hall of Fame, the press release stated he was the finest true center in Delaware men’s basketball history. The Wolverhampton, England native set 12 school records at UD, played in two NCAA tournaments and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 1993 NBA draft. He didn’t make the Pacers, but played professionally for 10 years in Israel, Italy, Spain, France and Russia. Before all that, his Newark High team won a state championship.