GRAND ISLAND – Grand Island Senior High has named Scott Hirchert head coach for girls basketball. He has been an assistant coach for both the Islander boys and girls programs during the past 15 years, as well as previous head coaching experience at Gibbon High School.
“Coach Hirchert will bring passion, knowledge and expertise to the team,” said GISH Activities Director Cindy Wells. “The GISH girls basketball program will do everything in its power to outwork and outprepare opponents with an unprecedented level of determination and intensity. Girls will continue to strive to be the best in everything they do – on the playing court, in the classroom and in everyday life.”
Hirchert said he is excited to grow student athletes during their time in the program.
“I look forward to the opportunity to build a program that plays with a strong work ethic, intensity, passion and character,” he said. “It is exciting to watch a player come into the program as a freshman and graduate as a young lady with confidence and integrity.”
Among the reasons Hirchert was chosen for the position, Wells noted, were the experience he brings to the job and his familiarity with Islander traditions.
“I was very pleased with the number of candidates who applied for the girls basketball position,” Wells said. “Coach Hirchert was a head coach at Gibbon High School for 12 years and his teams competed in the State Tournament in 1999 and 2001. At GISH, he has been an assistant coach under Coach Kelli Jeffries and is currently the JV boys coach under Coach Miah Slough. He has the experience and Islander commitment we were looking for to rebuild this program.”
For the past 15 years, Hirchert has been a GISH science teacher, while serving as an assistant coach for three sports.
“Everyday people look up to him, not only on the playing field, but in the classroom,” Wells said. “He has the determination, time and Islander Pride and is one of the hardest working teachers and coaches in our district.”
In building the program, Hirchert has a few goals for his players.
“To develop a passion for the game,” he said. “Instill a work ethic second to none. Give our players the best experience possible and grow in each player the positive attitude necessary for success.”
Hirchert takes over the position from Alex Michel, who lead the program for five seasons.
“Coach Michel developed a strong Junior Islander program in the elementary and middle schools,” Wells said. “Alex was a very hard worker and passionate about the game and his players.”