Jeff Ota jokes that he can't dance much any more at his age, but this is not true. Film does not lie.
In a new video, the McClatchy High School girls basketball coach, wearing a No. 5 school jersey, goes old school to motivate his powerhouse program, unleashing this hilarious sing-song bit on the eve of the CIF Northern California Regional playoffs.
The Lions need five victories to be crowned as CIF State Division I champions for the second time in three seasons. They have four wins and head to Golden 1 Arena on Friday night for the fifth win effort, against Windward of Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
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Ota is in his first season as McClatchy's head coach, but he's not new to the scene. He was a longtime assistant with the girls and a longtime head coach with the boys program. Ota was a star player at McClatchy in the 1970s, a guard who dropped in 46 points in games, or set up teammates to carry the load in others.
And is there a coach anywhere who was brave enough to pull off this dance bit?