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Girls’ varsity basketball team adapts after their coaches’ resignation

Yusra Shakaib
The girls’ varsity basketball team plays in the gymnasium during home matches.

On Dec. 4, Erin Navolio, girls’ varsity basketball head coach, Brian Mitchell and Allison Rogala, assistant coaches, resigned. The coaches didn’t give a specific reason for their departure.

Mike Jezioro, athletic director, served as the temporary coach after the coaches resigned. The girls on the team have been adjusting to their new coaches and coping with the resignation of their old coaches in the meantime. 

“A lot of us were unhappy with the way the coaches approached us, and there was a lot of frustration with the way the season started as we were hoping for a more positive start,” said Katherine Skinner, senior. 

When the coaches resigned, it came as a large shock to some of the players.

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“I think at first it was a pretty big surprise, but we stayed together as a team and just got through it,” said Ann Schaefer, junior. “Overall, now we are doing good and having fun.”

When the coaches resigned, Jezioro was able to postpone the girls game against Proviso West for Dec. 5 and find a way for the team to still play this season.

“At first I was worried that the publicity would scare potential coaches away from stepping up and taking over this season,” said Julia Sherpitis, junior. “However, faster than I ever expected, Athletic Director Jezioro was able to find three interim coaches that are a great fit for the team just four days after the resignation.”

The team has high hopes for their upcoming season as well as next school years’.

 “I think we have a great chance of winning,” Sherpitis said. “The teams in our conference are definitely intimidated and shocked as to how quickly we have changed and improved, and that’s exactly what we wanted to happen.”

Despite the stress of losing multiple coaches, they have managed to persevere through it all. 

“Next season will be good…though this stuff is going on it has definitely brought us closer together as a team,” Schafer said.

To learn more about the team, click here.

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Yusra Shakaib, junior, is eager to write for the Devils' Advocate this year. Yusra has participated in MSA, Habitat for Humanity, and Ambassadors. In her free time, she likes hanging out with friends, shopping, drawing, and baking. You can contact Yusra at [email protected].

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