By Chandler Baker, staff writer
After having time to reflect upon coaching philosophies and tactics, coach Chris Mischke is up for the challenge of leading the Boulder High girls basketball program after taking six years away from his last head coaching job.
Introduced as the new head coach last week, Mischke is ready to build relationships with the girls and help the program believe in the trust and stability that its been lacking for the last few years.
Boulder High girls basketball has been led by four coaches in the last three years. In light of Aisha Veasley’s resignation in August, Mischke inherits a program that has high expectations for this year.
“I felt that I was ready for the challenge. I have spent my whole career preparing for this magnitude of a program. I’m ready to compete with the top of the league and hopefully peak for the playoffs,” Mischke said.
Mischke has coached some aspect of basketball since the age of 19 and certainly seems to know what he is doing. After being a varsity assistant for three years prior to his coaching break, Mischke said that he has reflected about ideas that he wants to implement into his own program.
The young women in this program have been through the ringer with the lack of commitment and trust in the past coaches. As Mischke makes a promising commitment with the team, returning varsity players are more than pleased.
“Now with a great coach, we have a wonderful opportunity to come together as a program and become a high-skilled team. By the time the season comes around, we’ll be ready to give other schools some good competition,” sophomore Jacque Szarmach said.
Mischke said he hopes to build the team back up to four full squads with girls anxious and ready to compete in the game. By being at BHS as much as possible and having fun with everyone, he believes the program will take care of itself.
“ I am very excited, and I hope people come out and support this group of girls. I can already tell that it is a unique and special group of girls and cannot wait to start the season,” Mischke said.
With open gyms every Monday and Wednesday, the team is already getting back into old habits that weren’t carried over into the summer very much.
“I am expecting for this season to be a good one, and I am excited to see what happens,” sophomore Genevieve Gregorich said.