Smooth transition: Moser takes over Glenwood girls hoops program
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Rhonda Moser doesn’t feel like she’s taking on her first head basketball coaching job. Just ask her.
“I’m super excited,” said Moser, who has been hired as the new head girls basketball coach at Glenwood Springs High School. “This is such a great group of girls. They don’t have a ton of varsity experience, but it’s a great group that I’ve already had a chance to work with a lot.”
Moser has moved into the role as the school’s varsity coach in place of Jacky Gaddis, who stepped down following her three years as the program’s head coach to spend more time with family. That allowed Moser, who was the program’s junior varsity coach, to step in and take over a program where she practically knows everyone on the team.
That, in essence, has given her a chance to closely evaluate the players who have taken part in summer-ball drills at the high school while giving her a good idea of what her team’s identity will be.
“I think the neat thing based on what I’ve seen is that we’re probably going to see contributions from the whole team,” Moser said. “There are a lot of pieces here that give us the ability to have more than just one or two players who do a lot. I think we’re going to have a lot of depth.”
Moser takes over a program that, under Gaddis and Bryan Derby before her, has been wildly successful. Glenwood has never finished with more than nine losses in a season the past decade according to statistics provided on http://www.MaxPreps.com and, last year, had won 23 consecutive games in Class 4A Western Slope League play. The Demons, for the past two years, have also had all-state award winners in guard Delaney Gaddis and post player Madi Spence. Both are playing college basketball now.
Moser feels like that success can trickle down to the players coming up for this year’s team but also feels it could have a different look than seasons past. She admits that this year’s team won’t have quite as much speed, which will put more of the Demons’ focus on ball possession as opposed to the up-tempo style Glenwood has played in recent years.
And so far, the girls get it.
“This summer the focus has been on playing time,” the coach said. “We’ve had a lot of girls who have been out this summer, and that’s good to see.”
Moser, 44, is a 1989 graduate of Basalt High School who attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for her undergraduate degree. A former officer in the Navy, she currently owns a law practice in Glenwood — one that she’s owned since 2004.
Moser will be assisted in the 2015-16 season by Deanna Spracher, Linley Miller and Jessica Rice.
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