Glenwood is turning to an experienced and proven coach to take over its girls basketball program.

After spending the past 12 years as the Underwood girls basketball coach, Brian Rasmussen will replace Katy Bowen for the Rams.

“It was an opportunity that I felt was best for myself and family,” Rasmussen said. “It was awfully bittersweet because I left a good situation at Underwood after being there for 12 years. It was a great support system.

“It was a hard decision to make, but the timing was just right.”

The 39-year-old compiled a record of 135-129 with the Eagles.

Bryan Diekmann, the former football and girls basketball coach at Shenandoah, will join the coaching staff as an assistant.

“(Diekmann) comes with a lot of energy and I’m excited to work with him,” Rasmussen said. “I think that’s a pretty big impact for the Glenwood community.”

Erika Dukes will continue as a varsity assistant . Rasmussen said getting Dukes to stay was vital for continuity.

“She’s really well liked by the kids and has a good rapport with these girls,” Rasmussen said. “Bryan and myself are new to the school district, so it was super important to keep Erika on board.”

Glenwood went 8-15 last season and 3-19 the year before. But with five of the top seven scorers returning, Rasmussen believes the Rams are ready for success now.

“I’m really excited about this team’s senior class,” he said. “We’ll lean on them to help lead this team, so I think there’s an opportunity for success immediately. It’s not a two-, three- or four-year building process, we’re ready to win and have success right away. And those girls have great leadership skills and they’re athletes, they’re competitors.”

Seniors Brooklyn Taylor, Brielle Smith, Danielle Hardcastle and Sydney Bierman will supply leadership, while freshman Elle Scarborough led Glenwood in scoring with 11.7 points per game.

“We’re going to spend a lot of time in the gym starting this summer and into the season,” Rasmussen said. “A lot of shooting the basketball and developing, not only their shot, but confidence in their shooting ability because we want to have depth in our scoring.”

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