Doc Nash is one of the most popular men in Borden, Indiana these days.

On Saturday, the second-year head coach and the Braves made history, winning the school’s first-ever boys’ basketball sectional championship with a 67-53 victory over South Central in the Class A Borden Championship.

On The Spot caught up with Nash on Monday on his way back from a visit to North Daviess High School, site of this weekend’s regional round.

QUESTION: You guided Borden to its first-ever sectional championship on Saturday night. What’s a coach do after such a monumental moment in his career?

DOC NASH: “You enjoy it for the weekend, and then you have to refocus your efforts on the next game. We don’t want sectional to be the end of the road — we still have games to play.”

Q: There are lot of rumors swirling that you might have broken curfew on Saturday night. Care to comment and are you suspending yourself for regional on Saturday?

NASH: “(laughing), I don’t know where you hear these things. You must have good sources. I plead the fifth there.”

Q: Obviously, you’re a popular figure in your community, any plans to run for mayor in Borden anytime soon?

NASH: “No, politics are not my thing. I’m good with basketball, I’ll stick with that. I’m a teacher first, and a basketball coach second at Borden. I’m happy with that.”

OTS: You had to know if your team won on Saturday against South Central that it would be a huge moment for the town. But when you were the there and you saw just the outpouring of emotion from fans young and old — could you have ever imagined anything like that?

NASH: “Not really at all. I knew there were a great deal of people that wanted to see it happen, but it still catches you off guard when it did happen. It means a lot to me to be a part of the first one here and I hope it’s something that we can build off of in the future.

Q: A first-ever sectional also means a first-ever regional. How do you and your team get back to the basics this week and get back to work?

NASH: “They’re a mature group that knows there’s still work to do. We took Monday off but we challenged them to be prepared to practice and started over again on Tuesday. I expect they’ll come back ready and refocused.”

Q: This is also the first time you’ll be prepping for regional as a coach, what goes into it for you?

NASH: “Practice-wise, not a lot will be different. We’ll do our basic fundamental practices Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday we’ll start implementing our game plan for Barr-Reeve. Friday we travel to North Daviess and practice there.”

Q: How much of the credit in your coaching career do you attribute to those tenacious one-on-one junior varsity practices you had daily against a guy named Mike Hutsell at New Washington?

NASH: “A lot of it goes into that. I learned a great deal from those matchups. A few of the things I tell my post players not to do came from watching Huts.”

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