Lady Roadrunners Hire Assistant Coach
Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher has announced the hiring of assistant coach Buck Scheel Scheel served as head coach at Southwestern Community College for three years. He coached numerous all region players. Scheel’s previous head coaching experience was an important factor throughout the interview process.
“I really liked that he had head-coaching experience... It's nice to be able to run things back and forth, in case I may see something wrong… maybe he sees it from a different perspective…. Through the interview process, all the goals that we were looking at were the same," said Bucher.
Scheel was intrigued by the up-tempo style of basketball and the opportunity to be a part of the State Fair Athletic Department. It was an opportunity he could not pass up.
"Being a Midwestern junior college coach, State Fair is a name that's always stuck out. Obviously, with a team that finished 10th in the final poll last year, it's just a great opportunity to step in to a program as a young coach and be a part of it," said Scheel.
Coach Scheel brings a solid resume as a player as well as a coach. Scheel played junior college basketball at Lincoln School of Commerce, now Kaplan University, where he was a co-captain for two seasons. He helped lead his team to the school’s first 20 win season. Scheel was named the team's MVP in 2003. He earned an associate's degree in Business Administration
Scheel would transfer to Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, where he was a co-captain for two years. As a senior, he helped his team to their first winning season in NAIA Division II. His team also advanced to the Midwest Classic Conference championship game. He began his coaching career at Waldorf serving as a student assistant for one year. While there, he would also complete his bachelor's degree.
"My biggest strengths are my age and my ability to relate with the student-athletes. I'm only three years out of college; I have three years of head-coaching experience at the junior college level. When it comes to recruiting and relationships, I feel I can relate with the student-athletes very well," said Scheel.
Scheel’s duties will include game preparation, along with scouting and film exchange. He is already at work, scouting for players for next year.
"We are excited. It's a situation where we have a lot of returnees and we have a lot of very good players that will be able to utilize both of our strengths, with head-coaching experience… it's one of those things you can't teach.... He will help bring great stability to our women's basketball program," said Bucher.