Eau Claire (WQOW) — For the second straight year, high school and college coaches from all around Wisconsin came together in a round table forum hosted by BIG athletics.
Four college and several high school head coaches discussed the overall state of the game, and specifically participation numbers at the high school level and getting more student athletes involved. It also featured Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis, who talked about his rebuild of the Badgers’ women’s program. All of the coaches were at one room, at one table, trying to make the game better for athletes.
“To form some relationships with the college coaches in our state, and in our area,” says Chippewa Falls head coach Becca Bestul. “I think a lot of the issues that surround girls basketball right now can be helped along by just forming these relationships.”
“All of us can come together and talk about how we continue to grow the numbers for girls basketball in the area,” UW-Eau Claire head coach Tonja Englund says. “How we make sure they have the resources that they need to be successful, and how they have the coaching to continue to make them better players.”
“I think tonight is a great chance to have a great shared learning lesson,” says Wisconsin head coach Tsipis. “And obviously a great discussion on how we can make the game of girls basketball better in Wisconsin.”
BIG athletics plans to continue the event for a third year in 2020.