BSU tee-fetching dog helps with basketball

Posted at 10:05 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 00:08:55-04



The saying goes; “ you can't teach an old dog new tricks,” but some coaches at Boise State are hoping the opposite is true.

Coaches are looking for a very special canine to join their coaching team to help train their players.

It was just another day at practice today for Head Coach Gordy Presnell and his team, except for one thing: the four-legged critter running around on the court. Presnell says he hopes the players will learn from the dog’s example.

"They have a quick reaction and they have anticipation so we thought we would do that so are players could see someone else do something that we want them to do," said Presnell.

Presnell has been around the basketball court for 30 years, and he says he’s seen it all both on and off the court.

"I remember when I was a kid there was an assistant who used to go out in the parking lot and have a car hit them to see it didn't hurt take a charge it's the same kind of thing we are always trying to come up with something, I haven’t done that,” said Presnell.

It could be another long grind for this year’s team. The players will defend their Mountain West Title and also look to get back to the NCAA. With only two seniors in the mix, it's days like this that help Presnell’s program stay even-keeled.  

"I feel like they are always trying new things to make us to make us more excited to practice and to learn.  I mean it's amazing we can have kohl here to teach us how to defend that's amazing," said Junior Guard Marta Hermida.

"Basketball it can be a grind a little bit and so if we can do something that lightens the mood a little bit but is still a teachable moment that we want to do that," said Presnell.

The Boise State women's basketball team will hit the court for the first time this Sunday when they face Carroll college.

Also if you want the chance to see the dog, Kohl, in action he will be performing at halftime of the women's games with other dogs this season.