KATHLEEN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Veterans High School has hired a new boys basketball coach.
Tonight, the booster club hosted a meet-and-greet for the players' families in the school cafeteria.
It's been just ten days since Chris Kothe, an assistant at Perry for the last five years, took over as the new coach, but his players say he already means business.
"A lot of running, conditioning," says senior Jonathan Robertson. "But you know, most coaches.. that's how you gotta get back in shape. It's good, learning the new system and all."
The father of two says he's a family man at home, and he expects the best out of his players on the court as well.
"I bring the same thing into the gym," says Kothe. "I am hard at times. I'll he hard with them in the gym, but we can be friends outside the gym."
The Warhawks were knocked out of the playoffs last year in the first round, but this season they expect to go farther.
"We should have a better record than we did last season and go farther in state than we did," says senior Malik Broughton.
"I think we're gonna be in perfect shape," says Robertson. "I'm thinking we're probably gonna go to the Final Four and win the region championship."
"We lost six seniors, but myself and the coaching staff and the kids all feel like there was more left on the table at the end of last year, and they're gonna push the bar up high, as are the coaches," says Kothe.
As of now Kothe says only 14 players are in the gym, but as the season gets closer he expects that number to rise.
"When the fall comes and we get the rest of everybody else out there, when they start hearing the buzz that we have going, and the direction that we're gonna be headed this year--the new direction--it's gonna be fun."
The Warhawks will get their first taste of competition under their new head coach at a team camp next Thursday through Saturday at Mercer University.