A familiar individual is taking over the girls’ basketball program at Hills-Beaver Creek High School this winter.
Kale Wiertzmea, who served as the H-BC girls’ basketball coach for one season four years ago, returns as the H-BC coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Wiertzema replaces Jason Blosmo, who coached the Patriot girls the last three seasons.
Wiertzema was H-BC’s mentor during the 2009-10 season before being hired as the West Central High School (Hartford, S.D.) Elementary School Computer and Title 1 instructor.
He was hired as a sixth-grade teacher at H-BC Elementary School over the summer.
Wiertzema served as freshmen boys’ basketball coach during his three years in Hartford, but the 2005 H-BC graduate is glad to be back in familiar territory and enthusiastic about being the head girls’ basketball coach for a second time.
“I definitely missed being here when I left,” he stated.
“I’m looking forward to be a head coach again. It’s different coaching at the varsity level. You’re always looking at tournament time, which is the best time of year.”
Wiertzema, who is the third-leading scorer in H-BC boys’ basketball history, played basketball at and graduated from Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) after his high school career.
He returned to H-BC as a task management aid in 2009 and guided the Patriot girls to a 7-19 record as the varsity coach that winter.
All of the girls Wiertzema coached four years ago are gone now, but he’s anxious to start working with a new group of Patriots this season.
“We want to get back to the fundamentals this year,” he said.
“Basketball is not a game of thinking. It’s a game of reacting. We want to instill the fundamentals in every kid so they can react instantly to what’s happening on the court without having to think about it.”