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Sandpoint High School

School Info
Conference: 4A Inland Empire League
Classification: 4A

Head Coach: Bill Bender

Years as Head Coach: 1year

Previous Experience: Lakeside (Wa), St George's (Wa)

Record Last Year: 14-10

Assistant Coaches:
Melvin Speelman, Laura Allamillo, Tasha Roop, Wayne Wilford

Who do you have coming back this year?
The entire team is back this year, minus Jordan Speelman

Any Returning Players with Honors?
Hailey Olin (1st Team All-League); Madi Schoening (New-Comer of the Year)

Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Jordan Speelman (PG); Kendra Corless (ACL - Defensive Specialist)

Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Riley Crouch (PG, Soph. 5'6") Emily Chatburn (W, Sr. 5'9")

Photo By: Jason Duchow - #15 Hailey Olin
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
A full year together should bring better continuity to our offense and allow us to expand some of our defensive options. Improved ball-handling and shooting skills should pay big dividends.

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Reduce turnover and improve shooting percentages

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Solid defenders in man-man. Improved overall help defense and defensive understanding. Excellent hand-quickness and solid rebounding.

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Rebounding, transition defense. Move to multiple defensive options. Zone press. More half-court pressure.

Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
Journey to excellence

What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
Great chemistry, a real hunger to take the next step in skill development.

For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
All league games are critical! (Lakeland and Moscow) Key 5A games to measure our growth - Post Falls, Lewiston, Lake City

What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Turnovers and rebounding

Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
Love the game, love teaching. I enjoy being with young people.

What makes your school the best place to coach for?
Administrative support! Strong support between all programs. Big spirit - Big attitude!

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