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BVT Basketball a Family Matter
Blackstone Valley Tech boys basketball coach Jim Kahler has established some success at BVT, leading the Beavers back to the district tournament this season. He is facing a stern test, however, in the battle for basketball supremacy in his own family. His wife Britt is the girls coach at BVT, and her squad is also play-off bound. Britt Kahler is in her first year with the Beavers, after spending the past two seasons as the head coach at Grafton.
"It's nice that we can share gym time and not have to worry about it," said Britt. "We talk about the kids and know each others' teams pretty well since we both teach and coach at BVT. We can discuss what is going on with the kids."
Jim takes issue with the first part of her statement, jokingly insisting that he has lost every single battle for court time this season. But he agrees the connection of coaching at the same school has been nice. "We vent to each other quite a bit," he said. "When husbands and wives come home, they talk about their day and this is just another common thing we talk about. It just happens to be basketball."
While the two often discuss basketball, their paths don't often cross. Typically the boys' team plays a home game on the same night the girls are on the road, and vice versa. Both spouses also say the "Xs and Os" are usually off limits for discussion."We don't share a whole lot of strategy," said Jim.
"We have different ideas about what works best in games and our teams are different," added Britt. "We never talk about game strategies or planning. I don't even want to go there with him."
The basketball crazy family is due to get a little larger after the season ends. The couple is expecting a child at the end of April. If their child chooses basketball, there will be two good coaches to provide instruction, but who is the better Kahler coach?
"I am," said Jim without the slightest bit of hesitation. "I have a few years on her so I guess I can claim experience, but if she ends up with a better record, I guess I will be happy about that."
"I would say I am the better coach," said Britt. "But Jim is great too. I think I do alright, but I know I have a lot to learn."
Both Kalers say there may be some friendly competition as the district tournament begins regarding which of their teams wins more games or goes further. The boys earned the 7th seed in the bracket with a 14-6 record while the girls were seeded 7th in their bracket with a slightly better 15-5 mark. If both of their teams continue to make the play-offs, the family competition may begin to heat up even more.




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