Brooke Blonquist is a great kid!!! Take State Bingham!!!
Nice job Deseret News.
Sounds like a good coach, cares about the girls, plays them ALL, what a great
healthy approach. Those that rely only on a set starters should learn something
from Rand. I'd like every parent to read this article and compare their coach to
this man, and his record and success in the sport, maybe they can learn
something. Some of these coaches take themselves way too serious, they think
it's about them and they only play 6-8 players and still place 4, 5, or 6th in
their region. There is much more to coaching than the X's and O's of the game.
I'd love to have this given to VHS, LHS, Clrfd and other region 1 coaches and
others who play only 6-8 and still can't win a thing. Learn from Rand, he's been
around a long time and can win with younger players and not the same ones game
in and game out. Rotate coaches every three years, give others chance to treat
Nice job Amy, we need more about nice guys who can coach and win too. Too many
think they are nice, then send the girls home crying or wanting to quit. They
see themselves as big time coaches and think the only way to win is to pick the
5-6 best and ride them all the way. Rand proves there is a much better way. It's
call fair play. Play (and develop) the top 10 players and win, keep everyone
happy. So refreshing, hope ever coach reads this and is compared to this way of
coaching, it'll make all them better coaches. Let's get a rating system going,
Rand A+. Wow this does expose the other coaches for what they are, or aren't.
Thanks Amy for writing it.
So refreshing to hear of a good person and a good coach rolled into one. Bingham
is lucky, most HS use the same players and many of those are seniors or the few
the coaches label as their future players at a young age then stick with them.
Some even allow their younger players to play in the varsity, JV and soph games,
the exact opposite of Coach Rand's philosophy. Now we see his way not only works
but is better, he doesn't finish 5th or 6th one year then every few years get a
good crop of girls handed to him then wins the region, he competes year in and
year out, it's by design. Kudos to Coach Rasmussen and the Bingham Miners. I've
gained a new admiration for at least one High School Coach, the standard bearer
Re: DC FanYou nailed it, must be watching the same games or same
coaches. They can't figure it out, maybe Coach Rasmussen can sit down with them
and go over it one more time. Would be nice if all coaches were in it for the
right reason and treated the girl's accordingly.
Before you guys get to caught up in the junior jazz style of coaching. Please
remember that Bingham routinely has 50 - 70 girls trying out per year. That
usually affords Bingham to do complete line changes when substituting players.
Right or wrong - coaches are doing there best to be competitive. That does not
mean that Bingham has better players than other schools - just more to choose
that works for Bingham, but doesnt work for everyone. I agree with
Sportsdude.... What about the rythym you try and get into as a shooter? Just as
you starting feeling it you get rotated out. Glad it works for Bingham... other
school are lucky to have 7 strong players.
Let's see how many players see the floor when the Miners play Riverton or
Syracuse. Its east to play 14-15 kids when your playing poor teams. The bench
tends to shrink when you play tougher competition. As the tourney goes on the
Miner bench will get shorter. However, Coach Rassmussen has the right Idea.
Some coaches of the better teams don't use their entire bench when they are
blowing out opponents. That is the best way to develop younger players...let
them see action in blowout games.
RE; Sportsdudegood points but your right they don't have any better
players, just better coach who develops them and readies them for the next
season. I watch games where there isn't much difference in talent (to to bottom)
and the coaches still don't go more the 7 deep and the record or lack of it
shows, they may make the good teams. I like Rand's style, let them play, clear
the bench when ya can and and of course win. 7 deep or the smae old players day
in day out is just poor coaching, period! those coaches are in the stands this
time of the year.
coaches who only go 7 or 8 deep aren't teachers or they would develop others and
need to, in order to compete year in and year out. Coach Rasussen's way is the
right way. "Do unto to others". High school sports should be fun, not
win and any cost. If they are all having fun it's a good coach, if 1/2 are
unhappy, it's totally the coaches fault.
There are more ways than one to coach a team. Rand coaches his team his way, and
he does a great job. Rob Reisbeck coaches Syracuse his way. Kristi Jensen...
Every coach has to be himself (or herself). Don't forget that the girls who
don't see much time in the varsity game usually play the JV game. They get their
time on the court to learn and get better.