By Sarah Gu (III)
The Girls’ Basketball team is optimistic about another strong season. The team will be led by Claire Keller (VI), Olivia Volpe (VI), Hope Maultsby (VI), and the new head coach, Coach Hoepfl. Coach Hoepfl has coached girls’ varsity basketball for four years and served as an athletic director in Oregon. Additionally, he worked with Coach Touhey and Coach Murdock as the Pingry boys’ basketball assistant varsity coach last year, which he says was a great experience. He noted that while he only coached the boys’ basketball team, he was impressed by students’ maturity and ability to balance academics and sports on both the girls’ and the boys’ team.
Coach Hoepfl believes that the biggest challenge the team will face this year is whether or not the girls will get to play and to do what they love. However, he says he is excited to improve upon the good things, witness the great cohesion of the team, and “get into the gym”.