New chief on the bench for the Kodiaks

New head coach, Deanna Dotts, discusses practice with the team in the Val Matteotti gym Oct. 3.

A familiar face was promoted to lead the Kodiaks women basketball team. Deanna Dotts, last year’s Dotts infographicassistant coach, is the new bench boss for Lethbridge College Kodiaks taking over for the retired Brad Karren.

Dotts earned the position with years of hard work as a player then assistant coaching her former squad. “Not many people get to be a head coach of the program that they played in. It’s a nice feeling to know that the hard work you put in as a player translates into being a coach as well.”

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The Kodiaks are coming off a championship year, winning both the provincial and national championships. Dotts will be taking over a squad that went 50-1 over the last two seasons under Karren.

Dotts is the first female head coach since Dawn Keith led the team in 1999.

This year the team lost six of their seven top scorers. They will have to work hard and come to the court with the right attitude if they hope to make it back to the top like last year said Dotts.

The Kodiaks have five first year players joining the team, allowing for a new leadership group to form. Fourth year player, Jaclyn Heggie, was not a starter last year but knows it’s on her shoulders to step up her game and lead the group.

“I feel like my confidence has lacked over the years, but with this new leadership role I feel like my confidence stepped up,” said Heggie.

While preseason has already started, the official debut for Dotts and the squad is Oct. 20, where they are home to Briercrest College in the Val Matteotti Gym at 6 p.m. The rest of the schedule can be found at gokodiaks.ca.

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