Juelfs takes over KHS girls' basketball program<BR>

In an effort to bring stability and continued success to the Kingman girls' basketball program, Joe Juelfs has been hired as the head coach.

Juelfs replaces Amie Hanks, who resigned in January after directing the Bulldogs to a Northwest Region tournament championship and to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament.

"There has been a number of coaching changes," KHS athletics director Casson said.

"Amie did a wonderful job in riding the ship but it was brief.

I think the program is on solid footing and in the right direction.

I feel Joe can continue a successful program and a program we can be proud of.

I'm am confident he will do that."

Juelfs, who has taught physical education at KHS South for four years, is the defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs football team and runs the school's summer weight training program.

His wife, Kasie, is the girls' tennis coach and directs the junior varsity volleyball team as well as the Kingman Dolphins summer swim program.

"He's well-organized, has good basketball knowledge and works very well with both boys and girls," Casson said.

"Having him on staff, we have a good idea of his quality, coaching style and demeanor around kids.

"We want to bring stability to the program.

He and Kasie are dedicated to the athletic programs at Kingman High School."

Juelfs, who went to Chadron State in Nebraska on a football scholarship and graduated in 1997, got a taste of coaching girls' basketball his first year at KHS.

"When I came here four years ago I coached the (junior varsity) girls' team," Juelfs said.

"I've always liked basketball.

I've always wanted to do it but the timing was never right.

I'm excited to get started."

The Bulldogs lost most of its starting lineup with the graduation of Stephanie Aaron, Tricia Lucero, Sarah Snay, Elisa Suminimo and Brandi Bradley.

Juelfs said he's spoke to some of the underclassmen, but isn't sure who will be returning.

He has a strong talent pool at both the junior varsity and freshmen levels.

"I have a lot of short-term goals right now," Juelfs said.

"I want to build tradition.

I want them to have pride in themselves.

I want my girls to know how to work hard and be successful.

"Obviously, I want to win the conference and keep going, but right now, I want them to be team players and realize what hard work is."