New guy knows his game

Sailors get used to first-year coach

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— To the members of his team, basketball coach Steve Moos is the new guy.

But as Moos strolled around the court on Thursday afternoon explaining the details of drills to his players, it was easy to see that the new guy is no stranger to the game.

"I think there are going to be some changes as to what we are running and doing within the system, but as far as how we play as a team, I think that is going to stay the same," Sailors guard Anya Allen said.

Moos said he doesn't want his veteran players to have to relearn everything, so he will try to keep the changes to a minimum this season if he can.

"This is a very experienced team," Moos said. "There are not going to be a lot of major changes, but maybe a few minor adjustments here and there over time."

Moos was named the team's coach last spring after longtime coach Bruce Alston stepped down. Moos, who coached in Hayden for several years before coming to Steamboat Springs High School, jumped at the chance to return to coaching.

"I think my style has changed a little since I coached in Hayden," Moos said. "I think I'm a little calmer these days and probably not quite as vocal. I think I've grown as a coach."

Moos enjoyed two successful seasons as a coach of the girls team in Hayden. He also coached the boys team for another five years before making the switch to Steamboat in 1999.

Since coming to Steamboat, Moos has acted as the athletics director (he stepped down a year ago) and is currently a business teacher. For the past couple of years, he has also handled the play-by-play duties for the radio station.

"I just want to have a smooth transition," Moos said of taking the reins of the Steamboat team.

He is hoping to have a positive influence on the team from the start and bring a new sense of energy to a squad that has struggled in recent years.

"It's nerve wracking getting a new coach, but it's also exciting to get a change in there and to see what they have to offer and bring to the program."

What Moos is hoping to bring to the program is a league title. He also believes his team can advance in the playoffs and could make a run to the state playoffs by the time March rolls around.

"We are so excited," senior Bayli Stillwell said. "This is our last year and we have nothing to lose. We love playing with each other so we are just going to make the most of everything we have and put it all out there this year."

The Sailors will be loaded with seniors and juniors this season.

Returning to the court will be point guard Anya Allen and shooting guards Jen Weber and Jannike Combs.

Combs played for the Sailors as a sophomore but spent last winter in Fort Collins playing for Poudre High School.

Moos will also have some size on this year's team, as Stillwell and Tracy Lucas look to fill in at the posts.

The Sailors will also have several talented juniors including Shelly Dunlop, Bailey Draper, Erin Christensen and Melissa White.

Volleyball standout Katie Carter might also return to the team this year and was at practice on Thursday.

Moos is very confident as he looks forward to the season. He knows there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, but he insists this veteran team will be competitive when the season opens Dec. 6 at the Roaring Fork Tournament.

"I think this is going to be a great season," Moos said. "I'm excited about it and I think the players are, too."

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