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Prep Basketball: Changes take place among Lady Pointers coaching ranks

<p>photo by VONDA NORWOOD</p><p>Van Buren coach Chris Bryant talks with Bradley Eversole during the playoff game in March. Bryant, who has been an assistant for the men’s team, will helm the women’s program at the high school.</p>

photo by VONDA NORWOOD

Van Buren coach Chris Bryant talks with Bradley Eversole during the playoff game in March. Bryant, who has been an assistant for the men’s team, will helm the women’s program at the high school.

The staff for the Van Buren Lady Pointer Basketball program has recently been announced for the 2014-15 school year.

Incoming high school head coach Chris Bryant is excited about the lineup and has already witnessed the group in action.

“I am very impressed with the way our coaches have taken the initiative to get our girls in the gym and playing. The first day school was out, our entire staff was either helping with the Lady Pointer Individual Camp, or taking their teams to a team camp,” said Bryant. “As a group they have worked together to ensure our players can get in the gym four days a week during the summer.

“As a head coach when you see that kind of effort and enthusiasm from your coaches, you know the opportunity to have a special program is possible.”

The major changes in the staff involve the movement of 2013-14 VBFA coaches Vestal Carter and Micheal Kinney to the VBHS staff.

“Coach Carter and coach Kinney’s familiarity with our girls will be a tremendous asset as I make the transition from our boys to girls basketball program,” Bryant said.

The recent additions to the staff bring accomplishments with them, as they won the River Valley Junior Girls Conference Championship last season. Former Butterfield Trail Middle School head coach Becky Goerig has been tabbed as the new VBFA Head Coach.

“Coach Goerig played on back to back National Championship teams at Arkansas Tech, played for one of the outstanding coaches in the women’s game (Joe Foley) and was on a state championship staff in 1999,” said Bryant. “I love her experiences and what she can offer our young ladies.”

Replacing Goerig at Butterfield Trail will be Carri Ball.

“The opportunity to bring coach Ball, (who Lady Pointer fans will remember as Carri Porter) into our program was huge. First, she is one of the top 5 players of the last 25 years in Lady Pointer Basketball. Secondly, she has played at the Division I level,” Bryant said. “She is a walking expample that young ladies can not only dream big, but achieve those dreams through our program.”

The constant in 2014 will be Jerry Don Brasuell returning to lead the Northridge Middle School program.

“Coach Brasuell is a former VBHS All-State guard, and bleeds green. As a head coach you look for feeder coaches that will produce and develop players, and in coach Brasuell we have a winner,” said Bryant. “His players love to play for him.”

Tom Banhardt, Randy Bagwell, and Taylor Masters will be assistant coaches at their repsective schools for the 2014 year.

“I have spent 15 years as an assistant coach, and know the impact assistants can have on a program,” Bryant said. “In coaches Banhardt, Bagwell, and Masters we have high character men who will serve our players and head coaches well.”

Van Buren High School

Head Coach: Chris Bryant

Assistant Coach: Micheal Kinney

Assistant Coach: Vestal Carter

Van Buren Freshman Academy

Head Coach: Becky Goerig

Assistant Coach: Taylor Masters

Butterfield Trail Middle School

Head Coach: Carri Ball

Assistant Coach: Randy Bagwell

Northridge Middle School

Head Coach: Jerry Don Brasuell

Assistant Coach: Tom Banhardt

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