After a hiatus of three seasons, girls basketball is back at Mammoth High School.
In the first tryouts for the new program, 33 girls took a stab at the nets under the watchful eye of new coach William Bauman, a 26-year-old long, tallâ€”really tallâ€”drink of water from Minnesota.
â€śBasketball is turning a corner in town,â€ť said Bauman, who was recently married to Mammoth local John Eastmanâ€™s daughter, Danielle.
â€śItâ€™s just the greatest sport ever invented.â€ť
Bauman said he played a bit of college hoops before arriving in Mammoth, and is familiar with womenâ€™s basketball in particular.
His sister, Kate, played Division I college basketball at Iowa State and UC Santa Barbara, and heâ€™s not shy about why heâ€™d rather coach girls than boys.
â€śI think with girl players, thereâ€™s a little bit more sensitivity and patience on the court,â€ť he said. â€śIt seems like theyâ€™re more in tune with the game and their teammates, and they pick up more on instilling confidence on a team.â€ť
Of the 33 girls who signed up for tryouts, Bauman said there were no seniors and just five juniors. When the season begins, he said, he plans a practice roster of 15. Of those, 10 to 12 would travel, owing to transportation constraints.
He said he will work alongside Jason Patterson, the coach of the boysâ€™ team, on a volunteer basis.
â€śAs soon as I got here I wanted to be part of the basketball culture,â€ť he said.
In addition to volunteering his coaching duties at the high school, Bauman said he also is working with the Recreation Departmentâ€™s John Connolly in town-sponsored hoops.
â€śThis,â€ť he said, â€śis a lifelong dream.â€ťView more articles in: