2012-2013 Coaching Staff Completed
August 22, 2012By Bob Rickman of Warrensburg Girls Basketball
The Lady Tigers filled the final opening among their coaching staff, and with less than 10 weeks until the first practice for high school athletes, coaches are preparing for the upcoming season.
Bob Rickman enters his first season at Warrensburg, after spending the last three as the assistant head coach at girls' basketball powerhouse Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis. The Red Knights captured two state titles and a third place finish in those three seasons, as well as national rankings in both 2010 and 2011.
Rickman accepted the position in late June, and the Lady Tigers had a team camp and participated in the Tri-Lakes Shooutout in Excelsior Springs with a 4-3 record.
" We have a good blend of returning players with some experience," Rickman said. "I believe we will be able to utilize more depth this season, and the season will be a great opportunity for some younger players to step forward and establish success in Warrensburg basketball."
Warrensburg added two other coaches on the high school level with Toni Brundage accepting the job as varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach after spending the last season coaching at Marshall. Brundage was an All-State player at North Mercer, and holds records in three pointers in a game and season at North Mercer and also the MSHSSA record book.
On the freshman level, Bo Tiller steps in as the new coach. Tiller assisted at the middle school level last season. He is in his second year in the district as a science teacher at the high school. Tiller played high school basketball and golf in Georgia, and was an All-American golfer at LaGrange College.
Valerie Barker returns for her second season as head coach of the middle school program. Barker has coached with the middle school for 5 years in track and basketball. She also serves as the varsity assistant in softball.
"I am excited about the staff we have at Warrensburg, from middle school to the varsity level we have individuals that have performed at a high level and understand the work ethic we want to have in our program, " Rickman said.
The first day for practice at the high school will be October 29, and the varsity girls' open uo their season a month later in the Marshall Tournament.