Matt Coldren, Wilson boys head basketball coach.
Wilson High School boys basketball head coach Matt Coldren tells Zeke about his team's players and prospects this season. The Bulldogs, who won the Berks Conference championship in 2013-2014, return a lot of players from last year's 18-11 young team that made a run to the District 3-AAA semifinals. “We had lots of talented boys without lots of experience,” Coldren tells Zeke. Wilson has lost its top player from last season, Christian Sload, to graduation. “He was one of the best overall athletes I’ve ever coached,” says Coldren of Sload, also an outstanding soccer player and track star. Wilson starts playing its basketball games a week after most schools because Coldren often has numerous football players on his roster and Wilson football usually makes a deep playoff run. “Typically it takes us a little while to get started,” Coldren said of football and basketball overlapping. “We may win games early but they’re ugly. I love having kids who play multiple sports. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I can’t tell you a season that I’ve had everybody at practice at the start.” Coldren, in his 16th season as Wilson's head coach, talks to Zeke about his team's annual rivalry with Reading High for the Division I title. Coldren explains to Zeke why he made a rare gesture after losing to the Red Knights in last season's conference semifinals, asking Reading coach Rick Perez if he could address his team. “It’s a huge rivalry but it’s a respect rivalry,” Coldren says. “Last year, of all the years I’ve coached, that was the best team they’ve ever had. It was a special group of kids.” Coldren tells Zeke that the PIAA's reclassification, moving Wilson from 4A to 6A, essentially still groups the Bulldogs with the same schools. Coldren also talks about coaching his son Kyle, a junior guard who has moved up from last year's JV team. “I am looking forward to coaching him and getting to spend a lot of time with him in a different aspect than at home,” Coldren tells Zeke.