Girls Basketball: Pedersen in line to be next head coach at Libertyville
Updated: April 24, 2012 8:10PM
It came out of the blue.
Veteran assistant basketball coach Greg Pedersen was content helping out Libertyville coach Kathie Swanson for the past five seasons. And then came the surprise word that Swanson was moving on. Pedersen noted the last time this head varsity job was open he had a three-year-old at home and his wife was pregnant with another child.
This time, he didn’t hesitate. And now, pending approval by the board, Pedersen will take the varsity coaching job at Libertyville. He inherits a program which has won three consecutive NSC Lake Division titles.
“I’ve worked at every level here,’’ Pedersen said. “I’ve done freshman B, freshman A and JV. I’ve worked under three varsity head coaches and I’ve been able to improve under all of them.’’
And get this, he’s calling two of those former coaches back into action. Pedersen reports that both Amy Holtsford and Bill Mix will join him as assistant coaches on the next Libertyville squad.
Libertyville athletic director Briant Kelly was glad to hand this prized job off to Pedersen.
“His knowledge of basketball and his coaching ability to get the players to work hard is unparalleled,’’ Kelly said.
Pedersen started out as a boys basketball coach at Sandwich High School.
“When I came to Libertyville there was nothing available on the boys side,’’ he said. “But through Bill Mix, I got a shot in girls basketball. I loved working for him.’’
With only one returning starter, Olivia Mayer, the Wildcats may have some work to do to contend for another conference title next winter.
“We are really inexperienced,’’ Pedersen said. “And we have a whole bunch of youth. I’m really excited to get started.”