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New coach settling in with Cougars girls hoops
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 07, 2013 | 1414 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - New Spanish Springs girls basketball coach Art Cardenas looks on while Jillian Buck, who will be a junior in the Cougars' program next winter, works on her free throw shooting.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - New Spanish Springs girls basketball coach Art Cardenas looks on while Jillian Buck, who will be a junior in the Cougars' program next winter, works on her free throw shooting.
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A new era of Spanish Springs girls basketball is well underway.

Recently-appointed head coach Art Cardenas has been holding open gym workouts and he likes what he sees so far.

“It’s going pretty good. Right now, numbers have been up and down. One week we had about 14 or 15, but then the next week we might have six or seven,” Cardenas said. “A lot of stuff is going on with the girls right now. When softball ended, we got a few more there, too. It’s been going pretty good.”

As a new coach, this time is especially valuable. Cardenas had been a coach in the boys basketball program for the past four years, but he didn’t know the girls very well.

“It’s very important. It’s a good time to see what they can and can’t do,” he said. “You see their skill level and what we need to work on individually and as a team to get better.”

Cardenas hasn’t had time to do any fundraising for the program, so there won’t be much traveling this summer. The Cougars will take part in McQueen‘s annual summer league at the JV and varsity levels. Cardenas said he is hoping to get enough teams to come out for a tournament at Spanish Springs in July. Spanish Springs will host a camp this summer.

It’s been an adjustment for Cardenas, who has never headed a program before. But he said it’s been fun and enjoyable getting to know the girls. Still, there is a lot more responsibility.

“The big difference is with the JV I was pretty much given a schedule of when the practices and the games were. Now I have to work on the schedule for games,“ Cardenas said. “We have a couple games to pick up. We’ve got to get teams into tournaments in the winter. We host one in the winter time and I need to get us into another one. There’s also a lot more communication with the parents. The fundraising, which is key to any program, is big nowadays, so you can travel and take the kids to pretty good tournaments. You have to build a staff and make sure you’re all on the same page. There’s a lot.”

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