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Huron teams get new head coaches: Baszler takes over for Tigers in track and field and Thomas steps in to lead cross country for Tigers in track and field

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 12th, 2013




HURON —After spending one season as an assistant coach, Angie Thomas has been named the new head girls’ and boys’ cross country coach for the Huron Tigers. She will be replacing Julie King, who resigned from the position after five seasons.

“I am very excited for it. Last year, being under Julie King, she did a great job of helping me out with what I need to do,” Thomas said. “It’s just a new adventure. I love to run and hopefully I can get some more kids interested in our program.”

Thomas has been in the Huron School District for the past two years after spending 11 years at the George-Little Rock High School in Iowa, where she was the varsity girls’ track coach.

“I have coached almost every sport that I possibly can. Cross country is new to me coaching, but I do have a history of running and I like to do that,” she said. “I am excited to get going and excited for the new experience.”

Thomas has taught in the Huron Middle School, but will be moving to the high school this fall. She is hoping the switch will be helpful in gaining some numbers for the Huron cross country programs.

“I am hoping I can really reach some of those kids that aren’t doing anything in the fall. There are a lot of winter sports kids not doing anything in the fall, from basketball, wrestling and hockey players,” Thomas said. “Cross country is a great way to get them into shape before their season comes around.”

If she is successful in accomplishing her short-term goals, Thomas is hoping it will lend itself to fulfilling some of her long-term goals for the Tigers.

“Once we get them kids out we need to keep them interested in the program. We want to continue to grow and get stronger,” she said. “Last year we were seventh in both the boys and girls at the Eastern South Dakota Conference Meet, so a long-term goal would be to get our numbers up so we can compete for higher spots in the conference.”

After spending one season as an assistant coach, Angie Thomas has been named the new head girls’ and boys’ cross country coach for the Huron Tigers. She will be replacing Julie King, who resigned from the position after five seasons.

“I am very excited for it. Last year, being under Julie King, she did a great job of helping me out with what I need to do,” Thomas said. “It’s just a new adventure. I love to run and hopefully I can get some more kids interested in our program.”

Thomas has been in the Huron School District for the past two years after spending 11 years at the George-Little Rock High School in Iowa, where she was the varsity girls’ track coach.

“I have coached almost every sport that I possibly can. Cross country is new to me coaching, but I do have a history of running and I like to do that,” she said. “I am excited to get going and excited for the new experience.”

Thomas has taught in the Huron Middle School, but will be moving to the high school this fall. She is hoping the switch will be helpful in gaining some numbers for the Huron cross country programs.

“I am hoping I can really reach some of those kids that aren’t doing anything in the fall. There are a lot of winter sports kids not doing anything in the fall, from basketball, wrestling and hockey players,” Thomas said. “Cross country is a great way to get them into shape before their season comes around.”

If she is successful in accomplishing her short-term goals, Thomas is hoping it will lend itself to fulfilling some of her long-term goals for the Tigers.

“Once we get them kids out we need to keep them interested in the program. We want to continue to grow and get stronger,” she said. “Last year we were seventh in both the boys and girls at the Eastern South Dakota Conference Meet, so a long-term goal would be to get our numbers up so we can compete for higher spots in the conference.”





















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