Amy Breckel named Lady Wildcat basketball coach
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Trigg County didn’t look far to find a girls’ basketball coach, tabbing assistant coach Amy Breckel to the position this week.

Breckel had served as an assistant coach under Wynn Harris for four seasons. Harris resigned as head coach last month to spend more time with his family.

"We feel like Amy has paid her dues and is ready to be a head basketball coach here. We’re delighted she accepted the offer," said TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks.

Breckel was named interim coach of the Lady Wildcats following the resignation of Harris, who recommended her for the head coaching job.

"Coach Harris worked with me and allowed me to be hands-on with the team and let me run some practices. That has helped prepare me, and I feel I’m capable and ready to go," Breckel said.

She said fans wouldn’t see any dramatic changes in the style of play of the Lady Wildcats.

"Myself and Coach Harris had a lot of the same philosophies which is why we got along so well. I like to run-and-gun, and I think you’ll still see that," she said.

Breckel also promised more of a man-to-man look on defense.

"We’re seeing more people use that, but our personnel will dictate a lot of what we do."

Other than being fundamentally sound, Breckel wants the community to view the Lady Wildcats as a team that is respectful of others and one that has a good rapport between the coaches and players.

Breckel said she would continue to work with the local ABA league to encourage younger players to stick with the sport.

"When I first came here, we started a little league girls program. I now see two of our eighth graders that were in that bunch and see how far they’ve come," she said. "I want to encourage them to start at an early age and keep playing."

Breckel has been in charge of the Lady Wildcats during their summer workouts and said she can see some progress.

The Lady Wildcats were among the teams that participated in the Ninth Annual Hoop Dreams Classic in Bowling Green.

"I saw some good things. We have a good core of players coming back, but we need to work on some things," she said.

After a 15-10 season in 2002-03, the school’s first winning season in nine years, the Lady Wildcats slipped to 7-18 last year.

Trigg County is slated to return their top four scorers from last year, but a supporting cast has been tough to come by.

"Our numbers are going to be low this year. We’re trying to get more girls to come out and play, because our core group is working well together," Breckel said.

Breckel, 28, teaches Global Issues at TCHS. She is a native of Knoxville, Illinois where she was an all-conference basketball player at the local high school.

She also played basketball at the next level at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois where she was an Academic All-Conference selection all four years.

Breckel becomes the first female to be girls’ basketball coach at Trigg County since Brenda Thomasson helped start the program in 1974.

"I’ve wanted to get a female into that coaching position, and feel Amy is a perfect fit because of her ability to teach and communicate with the female players," Sparks said.

Breckel becomes the fourth female head coach of the five Fifth District schools.

Breckel and Malissa Thomas, who was named Lyon County head coach earlier this month, join veteran female coaches Andrea Forrester of Caldwell County and Shannon Hodge of Crittenden County.
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