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There is perhaps no stronger bond in the world, than the one a parent feels with their child.
It’s a bond Velma-Alma head coach Kenny Bare and his son Dallas know all too well.
Since eighth grade, Dallas has been coached by his father in the game of basketball, during which time they have strengthened their relationship with one another.
But this isn’t the first time coach Bare has gotten to have one of his kids in uniform on his team. His daughter Katie was a member of the 2001 and 2002 state championship Lady Comets squads, before all-stating in 2005. Bare’s other daughter, who graduated in 2010, was a Lady Comets cheerleader as well.
“Other than being a coach, how many dads get to spend as much quality time with their kids like this?”, Coach Bare said. “I’ve been very blessed to have gotten to coach my daughter Katie and my other daughter Alex was a cheerleader. It’s been very special getting to have my kids involved like this.”
Dallas added that watching his sister have success with the Lady Comets drove him to be his best as well.
“My sister Katie was very successful as a player and it just made me want to carry on the tradition,” Dallas said. “He’s tried to teach me about being a coach on the court and help the guys out anyway that I can.”
At first though, Dallas had to get used to his dad being in charge on the court, and learning how to take orders like a regular player.
“We had our arguments at first when we first were together,” Dallas said. “As I got older, I started to learn more and figure out it was for the better. I definitely had to learn that he was in charge and to keep my mouth shut.”
Coach Bare added that the relationship at the court is strictly basketball, and at home it’s all about family.
“Dallas has learned a lot since I’ve been his coach,” he said. “I’ve made a point not to bring basketball business home. When we’re at home then we’re a father-son and that’s the line we’ve tried to draw.”
While some players might have trouble adjusting to a new system or position, Dallas has settled in to become one of the Comets’ go-to players, having a huge part in helping V-A reach the State Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
“It’s making me feel a little old now realizing Dallas is a senior,” he said jokingly. “Dallas has matured and knows his role. He’s our point guard and knows he’s here to distribute the ball. He’ll occasionally hit the big shot but he’s really stepped up his defense for us this season.”