Viera basketball enters new era with new coaches


Viera High School's Alec Eugene will be a key player on this year's boys team, which figures to get much better as the season goes on.

Carl Kotala

With new head coaches in both the boys and girls programs, Viera High School basketball has entered a new era.

Logan Keith has taken over the boys program, while Josh Carmer is now coaching the girls. And it hasn’t taken either man long to make a big impression.

“He’s a great leader,” senior center Cooper Davis said of Keith. “An absolutely phenomenal guy, too. Not only can I connect with him as a player-coach relationship, but I can connect with him as a friend, too.

“He’s literally somebody I would go hang out with at Buffalo Wild Wings.”

Keith came to Viera after spending 15 successful years at Rockledge High School — 13 as the head coach — and already has been impressed with the work ethic his players have put in.

“Viera’s got a ton of potential,” Keith said. “We have great facilities. The community support is unbelievable. We’ve made some major upgrades to our program as far as some of the equipment we have.

“We want every day guys. That’s the culture (we’re building). We want every day guys who are going to show up and do something. That’s normally lift and then get in here and do skill work every single day.

“It will come around. But it’s not going to happen overnight. The thing is, we have confidence in these guys because of the work they put in.”

In addition to Davis, other key Hawks this season include Manyaka Luma, James Goffigan, Tyler Cooley and Alec Eugene.

The Hawks had a big win just before the winter break, rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat Melbourne 52-47.

Viera’s girls, meanwhile, entered their break on a three-game winning streak after beating Bayside, Astronaut and East River.

Carmer, who spent 23 years in the Air Force, previously coached at East Coast United.

He is Viera’s third girls basketball coach in as many years.

“My philosophy is to make sure we always have team unity and a desire to compete,” Carmer said. “I want every player to have that inner desire that on every possession, every drill, you try to win, you try to beat the opponent or beat the drill so you make yourself better.

“If you’re competing your best against the best from that person across from, it pushes you both to new heights.”

Led by co-captains Jaeda Stewart and Casi Ramirez along with Sofia Smith, Tatiana Stevens, Morgan Mordas and Jacquelin Castro, the Hawks were off to a 7-3 start and enjoy playing for Carmer.

“I love him because he knows what everyone can offer,” Stewart said. “He sees what everyone’s skills are and he uses it to the best of everyone’s advantage. He knows how to use the players.”