BEVERLY - In the sports film classic "Hoosiers," coach Norman Dale - actor Gene Hackman's character - says, "Let's see what hand I've been dealt with."
It's one of Fort Frye head boys and girls basketball coach Dan Liedtke's favorite lines.
"That's how I feel," said Liedtke, smiling.
Last week, Liedtke, the school's longtime boys basketball mentor, added to his work load when he was also hired as the Lady Cadets coach by the Fort Frye Local School District Board of Education.
You've all probably familiar with the expression, "gym rat." Right?
Well, needless to say, Liedtke's second home figures be the Fort Frye High School gymnasium next basketball season. He knows and accepts this - and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Of course, Liedtke's also going to be receiving a lot of help from his friends, namely his boys and girls coaching staff. Without these people in place, there's no way he would be able to coach both squads.
Got to give Liedtke credit. He could have opted out of the boys position, but didn't.
"I'd be uncomfortable leaving them," Liedtke said.
Or, the Cadet coach could have not even considered being on the girls' sideline. But that, too, would've been difficult, especially with three basketball-playing daughters coming up through the ranks.
Eldest daughter Morgan will be a Fort Frye freshman when the school year begins at the end of the summer.
"Several years ago, I looked at possibly coaching girls basketball down the road," Liedtke said. "But I wasn't sure I was going to do it."
He is now.
Thing is, has Liedtke over-extended himself, teaching and guiding both the boys and girls? That he has an abundance of energy and basketball knowledge, there's no question.
Still, he's human. Will he be flirting with burnout?
"Dan's going to be just fine," said Paden City (W.Va.) High School boys basketball coach Fred King. "What he's doing can be done."
King, a 1970 Frontier High graduate, should know, because he coached both the boys and girls basketball teams at Paden City for three years, from 2005 to 2007. His daughter, Brittany - now playing for Marietta College - was one of his top players.
"The key to coaching both is organizing your time and having good assistants," King said. "Paden City is a small community, similar, I think, to (Beverly). I could've called a practice in five minutes. I never had to do that, but I could've.
"Jeff Bowers was my assistant, and he was great."
King said that his wife, Debbie, kept the scorebook for the girls.
Perhaps not too surprisingly, King and Liedtke know each other, striking up a conversation at Ohio University-Eastern in Belmont when Fort Frye played and was defeated by Wheeling Central in an OVAC championship game on Feb. 21.
"Dan's an excellent coach," King said. "His teams are disciplined and can beat teams better than his.
"I just want to wish him the best of luck next season."
Coach Dale also says in "Hoosiers, "You are in the Army. You're in my Army. Everyday between three and five."
Well, in Liedtke's case, the time is obviously going to be longer than three to five next season.
"We're going to be spending a lot of time at the school," Liedtke said. "How long this will go on, I don't know.
"I do know I'm going to do this (coach boys and girls basketball), and we're (head coach and staff) going to put everything we got into it."
Sounds like a winning hand to me, for both the Fort Frye boys and girls basketball teams.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor and can be reached at 376-5441, or at firstname.lastname@example.org