Kerns returns to coach, rebuild Lady Wave basketball

GREENVILLE  – Three seasons after being asked to step down by members of the school board, Rachel Kerns is back on the court as the Greenville Lady Wave varsity basketball coach.

Since the school board decision to terminate Kerns as the coach in 2011, the program has seen a steady decline… ending with a winless 0-23 season last year and last place in the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC).

Though having Kerns back as coach may be a step in the right direction, there is much rebuilding to been done. With just three seniors and no returning starters, Kerns told The Early Bird that this season will be about working on basic fundamentals of the game and to at least be competitive.

“It would be unrealistic to say we will have a bunch of wins this season,” Kerns said. “We will use this year to work hard on turning some things around and hopefully start winning some games next year.”

Thirty girls in all are part of the Greenville girls basketball program, 14 of which dress to play at the varsity level.

“Every single one of these girls work hard everyday,” Kerns added. “I look forward to watching each one of them grow as a player and as a team.”

Kerns was a former player herself as a Lady Wave, graduating from Greenville High School in 2005.

“I am excited to be back and have a great coaching staff working along side me,” Kerns concluded. “We are going to turn this thing around!”

Greenville opens their season Friday and Saturday at home, hosting the annual Annie Oakley Shootout.

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