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4A girls notebook: Girls coaches learn to adjust
Special to The Seattle Times
TACOMA — When Steve Segadelli switched from coaching boys to girls basketball, the X's and O's changed a little. But a lot of other things changed a lot.
Segadelli, who guided Woodinville to the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament, calls the switch "a learning experience."
"With guys, you have beat some of them down, because they come in thinking they're all that," said Segadelli, 56, who coached Bishop Blanchet and Woodinville boys for 15 years before taking 12 years off. "With girls, a lot of times, you have to pick them up. That's because they don't think they're God's gift. I think it's a more positive approach."
Segadelli is one of at least four girls coaches in the 4A state tournament who once coached boys teams. Dan Picha of Puyallup, John Triplett of Eisenhower and Dan Taylor of Meadowdale are the others who made the switch from boys to girls basketball recently.
There are differences, especially off the floor.
"On the ride over in our team van, we had a DVD player and I was expecting to watch 'Braveheart' and I got 'Hitch,' " said Triplett, who came out of retirement last season after leading the Evergreen of Vancouver boys for 14 seasons, with a 26-0 team that won the Class 4A state title in 1995.
"My wife and I moved to Yakima and I was going off into the sunset," Triplett said. "But this opportunity to coach a group of exceptional girls became available.
"Plus, I kind of missed it [coaching] a little bit."
Segadelli last guided the Woodinville boys from 1987 to 1992. He's seeing a different side of players.
"The emotional makeup for girls is different," he said. "I think they're more appreciative and thankful. It's fun to be around the girls. In some ways, they are more free-spirited."
Bill Resler's heart was warmed by the outpouring of support that former Roosevelt guard Emiko Harris and her mother, Betty, received this season after their home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. But he was not surprised.
"You can graduate from Roosevelt, but you can't graduate from our family," the coach said.
Emiko is a 2002-03 grad who had been attending Xavier University in New Orleans, and her mom had moved to be near her. After the hurricane, they moved back to the Seattle area and Roosevelt boosters and players raised enough money and donated goods — about $10,000 worth — to completely furnish their apartment.
According to Resler, the two were fleeing the New Orleans area when Betty started yelling, "We have to go back! We have to go back!" Turns out Emiko had forgotten to grab her Roosevelt letterman's jacket.
• Lake Stevens' Kiana Fisher, a 5-9 senior who started last year, had high expectations coming into this season. But six games into it, she tore her left rotator cuff, leading to her third shoulder surgery on Jan. 8. She was reduced to a spectator the rest of the season, but helped cheer on a team that includes her younger sister, Courtney, a 5-11 junior.
"It was hard being here and not being able to play," Kiana said. "But I just tried to stay positive."
• For the third time this season, best friends Eryn Jones of Meadowdale and Kristi Kingma of Jackson will put their good feelings on hold for a couple of hours today when the WesCo South rivals clash.
The former teammates on the Mill Creek Wolfpack select soccer team square off in a loser-out consolation game at 12:30 p.m.
The two sophomore players started wearing wristbands and rubber bands on their ankles with each other's name on them while playing together for the Wolfpack in seventh grade. They still honor each other that way.
• Gig Harbor continued another trend Thursday by beating Roosevelt in a consolation game. When the Tides lost to Lewis and Clark of Spokane in their opener Wednesday, they fell to 0-4 in first-round games under coach Bob Boback. But they are now 4-0 in second-day games.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sandy Ringer
contributed to this notebook.
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