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New Girls Basketball Coaches


November 15, 2018

As the Basketball season got underway this month, South O'Brien High School saw some coaching changes in the girls' Basketball program. Erica Dreckman, who previously coached C team Basketball has stepped up as the head coach, and Baily Wiltgen will be filling Dreckman's previous position as the C team coach.

Dreckman has been teaching special education and second chance reading in the South O'Brien Junior High for three years. In addition to Basketball, Dreckman is also the JV Softball coach.

Dreckman said she was drawn to coaching because she's always had a love for the game of Basketball. She said, "I want to share my knowledge and compassion for the sport with the girls." Her interest in Basketball came from her family's incredible passion for the game.

As far as goals for the season, she said, "I want to prepare each one of the players to get better individually and improve as a team, which we will accomplish by working hard in practice every day." She added, "By doing this, good things will come for this team." Practice for the team started on Monday, November 5.

South O'Brien also welcomes C team girls' Basketball coach Baily Wiltgen. She is a 2018 graduate of Buena Vista University and a fifth and sixth grade English teacher at South O'Brien Elementary in Primghar. The first-year teacher took the position at South O'Brien because it felt a lot like the school she attended, Gehlen Catholic in LeMars. Wiltgen played four years of Basketball in high school and enjoyed every aspect of it.

Wiltgen recalls her memories growing up in a family who loved Basketball. We went to the gym every Sunday to shoot around together. This tradition sparked her interest in the sport, which is why she was eager to start coaching. When asked about her experience at South O'Brien so far, she replied, "I am blown away by the caring and welcoming community." She added, "I couldn't have asked for a better school to start my career." Watch for Coach Dreckman and Coach Wiltgen, along with veteran Coach Bubba Hintz, on the sidelines this season.


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