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Lady Rangers’ season starts off with a bounce

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

Lady Rangers practice their free throws during practice on Monday, Nov. 19. GAZETTE PHOTO/Rikki Rogers

KEMMERER — The Lady Rangers are starting this season with a new head coach.

Coach Nate Reinhardt arrived in Kemmerer with his wife and infant daughter last year as the new business teacher for the high school and seventh and eighth grades. He came to this area from Poplar, Mont., where he ran the middle school football program for four years. He was also the middle school head boys basketball coach, and head varsity girls basketball coach for two years. During his final year, Reinhardt took a position as athletic director but continued to coach middle school basketball.

Reinhardt attended Jamestown College in North Dakota on a football scholarship. When he was done at Jamestown, he transferred back to Montana to be closer to home and played football for Montana State University-Northern. He was a high school basketball coach while finishing up his last two years of college.

After college and before Poplar, Reinhardt took a teaching job outside of Great Falls, Mont., in a small community with about 40 kids in the high school. While there he was also the assistant coach for high school football and basketball and also ran the middle school’s program for fifth through eighth grade basketball for five years.

When Reinhardt arrived in Kemmerer he was asked to be an assistant football and girls basketball coach. He applied for the head girls basketball coach after coach Josey Allen stepped down at the end of last season and got the job.

“I want to bring the best positive experience I can to help kids out along their way,” replied Reinhardt when asked why he likes coaching.

His philosophy is “show up, work hard and pay attention so that we are building as a team.” He also thinks that a person’s priorities should be “family first, academics, athletics and then other things in life.”

He wants the kids to learn fundamentals and skills they can apply later in life, especially when they face difficult situations. He wants the girls to raise their levels of expectation and not to settle for second best but to go for the grand prize.

Reinhardt is building a system that will play to the girls’ strengths. He wants to give the girls positive experiences to build their confidence.

“I want to give the girls situations to work through so that they know how to react in a game, where the coach can’t stop it,” he explained.

Reinhardt wants “to play a fast-paced game to tire the opponent out — to make them get in uncomfortable situations that we will have already been working on so our kids will be adjusted and ready to handle whatever the other team comes back at us with.”

He believes this will be a learning season and will teach the girls that although they may not win every game, they will do their community and families proud because of how they play and conduct themselves — that their fans will know they put forth their best effort at all times.

So, as Coach Reinhardt would say, “Strap on your boots, grab your lunch pails and get ready to go to work.”

For the complete article see the 11-21-2012 issue.

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