Zeigel tabbed Roaring Fork High School girls hoops coach
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Roaring Fork High School girls basketball team didn’t have to look far for a new head coach to replace Kirk Cheney. Nancy Zeigel, a seven-year assistant for the Rams, got the job.After learning from two seasoned veterans who served as head coaches before her, Zeigel feels prepared to take the reins.”I have been under some great coaching with Jacky Gaddis and Kirk Cheney,” Zeigel said.Cheney coached the Rams for four years, racking up a 61-27 record that included a 13-6 mark season last year. Zeigel, who is the wife of Roaring Fork girls soccer coach Brad Zeigel, was an easy choice for former RFHS athletic director Larry Black. Recommending her for the position was one of his last duties before he stepped down.”We’re excited for Nancy,” he said. “We’re happy she’s taking the position. Nancy’s been part of the program for a long time. She’s enjoyed being part of it. She really cares about the kids. I think the kids know that. They feel more comfortable because of that.”Along with being a varsity assistant for seven years, Zeigel has been the junior varsity head coach. With seven seniors on the 2007-08 varsity squad, many of the players Zeigel worked with last year will be coming up with her to varsity this year.”The group of girls that are coming up to the varsity level are the ones I have been working with,” she said. “They are a great group and I am excited.”Zeigel played basketball at Boulder High School in her prep days and just missed playing for the University of Colorado by one spot in college. After barely missing out on making the team, Zeigel instead opted to play tennis for the Buffaloes.Zeigel’s already got the ball rolling in her new position as she has arranged open gyms and signed the team up for the Aspen Basketball Academy this summer. She is also trying to work with middle-schoolers and instigating big sister programs with high-schoolers and middle-schoolers to get the younger kids excited about playing in high school.”She’s been at the middle school trying to build some numbers,” Black said. “They went down this week to visit with all the eighth-grade girls. She took some (high school) players down.”Another familiar face in the coaching world will be joining Zeigel as an assistant and taking over her junior varsity coaching position in former Glenwood Springs hoops frontman Mike Vidakovich. Vidakovich was the head coach for the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team from 1991-98 and coached the Demon boys during the 1998-99 season.
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