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Published: Monday, Feb. 21 2011 12:14 p.m. MST

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Al Bundy
murray, ut

Brooke Blonquist is a great kid!!! Take State Bingham!!!

Not So Fast
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice job Deseret News.

game on
Centerville, UT

Sounds like a good coach, cares about the girls, plays them ALL, what a great healthy approach. Those that rely only on a set starters should learn something from Rand. I'd like every parent to read this article and compare their coach to this man, and his record and success in the sport, maybe they can learn something. Some of these coaches take themselves way too serious, they think it's about them and they only play 6-8 players and still place 4, 5, or 6th in their region. There is much more to coaching than the X's and O's of the game. I'd love to have this given to VHS, LHS, Clrfd and other region 1 coaches and others who play only 6-8 and still can't win a thing. Learn from Rand, he's been around a long time and can win with younger players and not the same ones game in and game out. Rotate coaches every three years, give others chance to treat girls fairly.

Outraged
Centerville, UT

Nice job Amy, we need more about nice guys who can coach and win too. Too many think they are nice, then send the girls home crying or wanting to quit. They see themselves as big time coaches and think the only way to win is to pick the 5-6 best and ride them all the way. Rand proves there is a much better way. It's call fair play. Play (and develop) the top 10 players and win, keep everyone happy. So refreshing, hope ever coach reads this and is compared to this way of coaching, it'll make all them better coaches. Let's get a rating system going, Rand A+. Wow this does expose the other coaches for what they are, or aren't. Thanks Amy for writing it.

DC Fan
Layton, UT

So refreshing to hear of a good person and a good coach rolled into one. Bingham is lucky, most HS use the same players and many of those are seniors or the few the coaches label as their future players at a young age then stick with them. Some even allow their younger players to play in the varsity, JV and soph games, the exact opposite of Coach Rand's philosophy. Now we see his way not only works but is better, he doesn't finish 5th or 6th one year then every few years get a good crop of girls handed to him then wins the region, he competes year in and year out, it's by design. Kudos to Coach Rasmussen and the Bingham Miners. I've gained a new admiration for at least one High School Coach, the standard bearer for all.

Davis-county-man
Layton, UT

Re: DC Fan

You nailed it, must be watching the same games or same coaches. They can't figure it out, maybe Coach Rasmussen can sit down with them and go over it one more time. Would be nice if all coaches were in it for the right reason and treated the girl's accordingly.

Sportsdude
Draper, UT

Before you guys get to caught up in the junior jazz style of coaching. Please remember that Bingham routinely has 50 - 70 girls trying out per year. That usually affords Bingham to do complete line changes when substituting players. Right or wrong - coaches are doing there best to be competitive. That does not mean that Bingham has better players than other schools - just more to choose from.

i heart basketball
SLC, utah

that works for Bingham, but doesnt work for everyone. I agree with Sportsdude.... What about the rythym you try and get into as a shooter? Just as you starting feeling it you get rotated out. Glad it works for Bingham... other school are lucky to have 7 strong players.

Kramer
Taylorsville, UT

Let's see how many players see the floor when the Miners play Riverton or Syracuse. Its east to play 14-15 kids when your playing poor teams. The bench tends to shrink when you play tougher competition. As the tourney goes on the Miner bench will get shorter. However, Coach Rassmussen has the right Idea. Some coaches of the better teams don't use their entire bench when they are blowing out opponents. That is the best way to develop younger players...let them see action in blowout games.

What's up
Layton, UT

RE; Sportsdude

good points but your right they don't have any better players, just better coach who develops them and readies them for the next season. I watch games where there isn't much difference in talent (to to bottom) and the coaches still don't go more the 7 deep and the record or lack of it shows, they may make the good teams. I like Rand's style, let them play, clear the bench when ya can and and of course win. 7 deep or the smae old players day in day out is just poor coaching, period! those coaches are in the stands this time of the year.

DC Fan
Layton, UT

coaches who only go 7 or 8 deep aren't teachers or they would develop others and need to, in order to compete year in and year out. Coach Rasussen's way is the right way. "Do unto to others". High school sports should be fun, not win and any cost. If they are all having fun it's a good coach, if 1/2 are unhappy, it's totally the coaches fault.

Wolverine33
Provo, UT

There are more ways than one to coach a team. Rand coaches his team his way, and he does a great job. Rob Reisbeck coaches Syracuse his way. Kristi Jensen... Every coach has to be himself (or herself). Don't forget that the girls who don't see much time in the varsity game usually play the JV game. They get their time on the court to learn and get better.

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