Scott Conn hired as Wolverines’ new varsity girls basketball coach
TRUCKEE and#8212; Scott Conn will take over the Truckee High varsity girls basketball program after spending the past four years as head girls coach at North Tahoe.
and#8220;Iand#8217;m very excited about the opportunity,and#8221; said Conn, who had resigned as the Lakersand#8217; head coach following the 2010 season. and#8220;It presents a number of new challenges and positive things and#8230;
and#8220;Itand#8217;s an opportunity to continue the tradition that Truckee has with winning basketball teams, particularly at the girlsand#8217; level. Theyand#8217;ve had such a successful program over the years, it will be a personal challenge to make sure I donand#8217;t see any decline in the results they were able to produce.and#8221;
Truckee Athletic Director Jaime Legare said eight people applied for the position, which became available when Angelo Tenorio resigned recently to take over the schooland#8217;s varsity boys program. Conn was among four finalists who were interviewed for the vacant position, Legare said. He was hired Tuesday.
and#8220;Scott had good experience coming in, and he was highly recommended by people within the field,and#8221; Legare said. and#8220;and#8230; We were fortunate that he was available and interested.and#8221;
In his four years as head coach of the North Tahoe varsity girls, Conn rebuilt a program that was struggling with numbers to record its first playoff appearance in eight years, in 2008. He went on to lead the Lakers to their first back-to-back playoff appearance in nearly two decades while placing 17 girls on All-League teams, including one league MVP.
Conn coached the North Tahoe JV program for one year before taking over the varsity, and has a total of nine years of head-coaching experience at the high school level.
He has lofty aspirations for the Wolverines, who played into the 3A state semifinal in 2010 before losing to top-seeded Spring Creek.
and#8220;Our goal is to win a state title and#8212; not to make it to state, but to win a state title,and#8221; Conn said. and#8220;Can that be done in the first year? I donand#8217;t know. Until I meet the girls and see them on the court, itand#8217;s difficult to say what kind of offense and defense weand#8217;ll be running. It will be based on personnel. But Iand#8217;m not so set in my ways that I wonand#8217;t change it up to take advantage of the skill set we have.and#8221;
Conn will be joined by his assistant at North Tahoe, Marc Kopp, after both coaches resigned from the Lakersand#8217; post at the end of the 2010 season. Kopp will also serve as head coach of the Truckee JV girls team, while Conn is looking for someone to coach to the freshmen squad.
With old rivals Truckee and North Tahoe set to join the same Mount Rose League together for regular-season play and#8212; part of the NIAAand#8217;s realignment to save on travel costs and#8212; Conn said he anticipates feeling some emotion toward his former team.
and#8220;It will be emotional, sure. I left a lot of young ladies there (at North Tahoe) that I care a lot about. So Iand#8217;m sure that will be emotional. But I am the Truckee head coach, and my mission will be to beat North Tahoe,and#8221; he said.
Conn also is starting an AAU summer club program for girls in middle school through high school, recruiting players from Truckee and from around Lake Tahoe.
His next challenge: Swapping out his Laker-blue attire for Wolverine red.
and#8220;My wife is already trying to figure out how to change my entire wardrobe from blue to red,and#8221; Conn said.
Anyone interested in coaching Truckee’s freshmen girls basketball team may contact Scott Conn at (530) 913-9694.
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