For Brent and Brandon Schafer, Mandan basketball has always been a key part of their lives.
“I got done playing high school basketball,” Brent said, “played a year of college, and then came back home and started coaching right away.
Older brother Brent actually coached Brandon while he was a Brave.
“There’s a couple years where he was in high school and I was already starting my coaching career,” Brent said.
Once Brandon finished his education, he joined his brother in the Mandan coaching ranks.
“When I started I was freshman coach and he was the sophomore coach,” Brandon said, “and then when I got the head coaching position he was the JV coach.
These days, head coach Brandon and assistant coach Brent each bring a specialized knowledge to the varsity team.
“He was a post when he was in high school,” Brandon said, “so he works a lot with our posts. I work with the guards, so we do a lot of different things in that aspect.
“He’s got the lead on most everything,” Brent said, “but any time I ever see anything, I have the green light to say anything I want during practice as well.
And that communication continues even after practice ends.
“We live together,” Brandon said, “so we basically talk basketball all the time.”
Brandon says the two haven’t played one-on-one in a while, and naturally they disagree on who would win.
“I would win,” Brandon said.
“I have a hard time believing that,” Brent said. “He can stand and shoot, but you make him put the ball on the floor, and I think he’s going to dribble it off his foot.”
But both of them do agree that leading their hometown team together is a dream come true.
The Braves are at Williston this Friday at 7:45 p.m.