Andes Family Has Tradition

WHEELING – Father’s Day isn’t until Sunday, but it some ways for Ed Andes, it felt like it Thursday.

As the annual Wheeling Recreation Summer Basketball League continued at Wheeling Park High School, Andes, the veteran Shadyside High School boys’ coach, sat in the stands watching the Tigers.

On the main court, Shadyside was playing Madonna in an NBA League game. At the same time, on the gym’s side court, the Tigers were playing a team from Tyler Consolidated in an ABA Reserve League contest.

Both team’s were coached by Andes – Justin and Jared.

”They both help make my job easy,” a smiling Ed said. ”They both played for me. So, they know the system and what’s going on.”

Ohio coaches are allotted 10 coaching days during the summer, but Thursday wasn’t one of them for Ed. So, he let his sons do the teaching.

”I played for him for four years so I know about everything he does as far as what he expects out of his players,” Justin said.

”I used to be the ball boy and now I’m helping coach.”

Andes is one of the marquee names that comes up when discussing Shadyside’s rich basketball history.

Ed, who will enter his 17th season as the Tigers’ head coach next winter, was a standout for the Tigers in the late 1970s. Jared played for his dad from 2005-08, while Justin continued the family tradition after that, graduating in 2010.

Jared and Justin are proud to have a hand in helping keep what their dad started going.

”I enjoy coaching,” said Jared, the Tigers’ JV coach. ”I enjoy the kids and working with them day in and day out … seeing them progress.”

Jared recently graduated from West Liberty University and spent last school year as a substitute teacher at various Ohio districts.

Justin is entering his senior season playing for Coach Danny Sancomb at Wheeling Jesuit University.

”I usually like to help to help take some of the load off (dad) since he can only coach 10 days in the summer,” Justin said. ”It’s a lot of fun to be around the guys.”

Basketball practice doesn’t officially begin in Ohio until November 2. But events like the Wheeling Rec League help plant the seeds for the upcoming season.

”Improvement,” Jared said when asked what he looks for at summer events. ”We’re looking to have kids that are playing next season put the time in and get better.”

Vacations, work and other commitments can hinder turnout for many teams. But, overall, the Andes have been pleased with the summer so far.

”It’s a process,” Jared added. ”This gives us a perspective on what things will be like (when the season starts).”

Improved chemistry is another byproduct of playing in the summer.

”That’s a big thing,” Jared said. ”The more familiar they are with one another it helps them play together as a team.”

Ed said he’s glad to have his sons on his ‘team,’ but is simply happy they are doing well in their chosen fields.

”I just told them to do want you want to do,” he said. ”I’m happy with whatever they want to do.”