New Rock Bridge Coach
Jill Nagel believes her team's conditioning is the key to success, so she makes her players run extensively.
"I don't want to make 'em run. Nobody likes to run, but it helps," Nagel said. "Somehow it helps you to refocus and so, you know, if we aren't focused and we're not executing the way we need to, then we'll run a sprint."
Sprints exhaust the team, but players understand the ultimate goal.
Shooting guard Cameo Holly said, "That's just part of conditioning, and she's just trying to keep us in shape. She said she wants us to be in shape more than any team we play against, so, that's why we run."
Nagel's running regimen stems from her days coaching Division I basketball. She was an assistant coach at Central Michigan for three years before taking the job at Rock Bridge. Point guard Claire Schaeperkoetter said the new coach's experience is an asset.
"At the college level, it's so intense. She just brings that intensity to the high school level with us," Schaeperkoetter explained. "And it's just great because it brings us to a whole new level at practice which carries over into games."
The Lady Bruins are off to a 3-0 start. Nagel says she hopes to improve on last year's 17-8 record.