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Familiar face takes over Bears girls hoops position

In the search for a new girls basketball coach, Rifle High School didn’t have too look far. Finding someone already involved with the program, Rifle has hired Brad Skinner, the academic coach at the high school, to take over as head coach.”He was definitely the best candidate for the job,” said Rifle’s Athletic Director Rick Schmitz. “He knows the game, he knows how to teach it and he is good with the kids.”Skinner has been the academic coach at RHS for two years, but has worked in the Re-1 School District for over 20 years. Shortly after starting in the district, Skinner coached the freshmen girls basketball squad at Rifle and then, a few years later, took over the junior varsity job for a few more seasons. Over the last 15 years, Skinner was never a head coach, but frequently assisted former head coaches Schmitz and Jack Smith.”I am very excited. Indirectly or directly I have already coached most of these girls,” Skinner said. “I’ve known these girls for a long time, some of them I even coached at the pee-wee level.”In the 2005-06 season, Smith led the Bears to a 13-11 overall record and a second-round appearance in the Class 4A state tournament before deciding to retire in April. Skinner has traveled with the Rifle varsity team in the past, assisting during summer programs and camps. Having already worked with the team, Skinner already has a good feel for what he has to work with.”I think we will be pretty solid,” Skinner said. “We’re not tall, but we are fast and we are going to run the floor. Defense is going to be paramount for us.”The Bears only lose two players to graduation in 2006 and will return four out of five starters to the 2006-07 squad with Kendall Babler, Chelsea Webb, Kristin Guettler and Megan McWilliams all coming back.”We are going to go out there and get it,” Skinner said. “That’s what I already told them: ‘No one is going to give you a game, we’ve got to go out there and get it.'”

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