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King's West goes for two

When King’s West athletic director Tom Ward went searching for new coaches to head the girls basketball team, he certainly didn’t have to travel the world.

He chose the current assistant coaches Bryan Hanley and Jenny Freeman as the co-head coaches for next year.

They will replace first-year coach Kelly Kolb, who was fired after he was arrested for sexual contact with a minor earlier this year.

Several Port Orchard residents are members of the Kings West girls basketball team.

Although Kolb led the team to the Class B State tournament — where they posted a 1-2 record — next year’s coaching squad has even higher hopes.

“If we make it to the state tournament I expect us to trophy,” said Freeman, who was assistant with Hanley on the girl’s team last year.

Hanley has also coached the King’s West middle school basketball team, and assisted on the girl’s soccer and fastpitch teams. He started coaching at the school in 1999.

“He’s Mr. Do-It-All,” said King’s West Athletic Director Tom Ward. “You need something done, he gets it done.”

“Bryan is one of the most organized people you are going to meet,” Freeman added. “He has a vested interest in the well-being as well as the athletic endeavors of the girls.”

Hanley said the most important thing for the coming year is making sure the basketball is fun for his team.

“Historically, we have always been a team that is known for its defense intensity and its physicality,” he said. “We’ve always been a team that has played intense for a full 32 minutes.”

For their day jobs, Hanley is a captain for the Washington State Ferries. And Freeman works for the Kitsap Humane Society as their events coordinator.

She was previously the assistant varsity coach at Tualatin High School, a Class 4A school south of Portland. She also headed the freshman basketball program down there.

Her playing experience includes two years at Wenatchee Valley Community College and two years at George Fox University.

When Freeman was a senior, her Division III basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the country.

“It was amazing,” she remembers. But she wants that success here for the hometown team.

Her goals are to help the kids gain skills they can use beyond the hardwood, beyond the mechanics of a jump shot or defensive stance.

“I want them to have a positive experience as players, as teammates and just as people,” she said. “There’s skills you learn in sports that help you become better people. It think that is an important part of sports that is often overlooked.”

Hanley’s daughter Taryn will be a senior on the Warrior’s basketball team next year. She cherishes the chance to learn from her dad both at home and on the court.

She, along with the rest of her senior teammates Amanda Hart, Betsie Parker, Katie O’Brien, Shannon O’Brien and Gitta Rauen, will lead an offense potent with height and defensive hustle.

Freeman wants to add a slight bit more discipline this year than Kolb’s more laid-back coaching style.

“If people are late to practice, there will be consequences,” she said. “I don’t think we will have a lot of problems though.”

She called the Warriors girls a blessing to work with.

“It is a privelege and honor to coach these kids,” Hanley said. He wants to add more intensity to the team.

“We’ve got to really convey the message you can be agressive and still display Christian values,” he said. “We need to get back to that kind of thing.”

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