May 23, 2024


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Rockford Boylan’s new girls basketball coach brings experience from all levels

Boylan girls basketball coach Aaron Westlund

Boylan women basketball coach Aaron Westlund

ROCKFORD — Boylan’s new girls basketball mentor Aaron Westlund is familiar with the space. He appreciates the NIC-10. He is aware of the gifted youthful players coming up.

“We are lucky to have him be part of the Titan household,” athletic director Paul Heitkamp said.

Only Westlund is not joining the Titan relatives. He has presently belonged. He is just now using on a bigger role. Westlund has experienced two young children who have graduated from Boylan and a third who will enroll upcoming calendar year. He is also a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Rockford and has coached center university ladies at St. Rita for eight decades.

“To have a person who is familiar with us coming in will make the changeover less difficult,” Heitkamp reported. “He is familiar with the grade college and is very common with the significant school. With my little ones heading as a result of the parochial university technique, I’ve seen Aaron coaching. He’s always occur off as a basketball junkie.”

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Westlund will switch Paul Perrone, a 1968 Boylan graduate, at a person of the leading ladies basketball programs in the place. Perrone was let go after going 298-86 in 13 years at Boylan. He is the all-time winningest coach at both of those Boylan and Harlem.

Boylan will return six varsity players, including two of the league’s 4 returning all-convention players in Lily Esparza and Maggie Schmidt. The Titans have 8 consecutive 20-get seasons and have gained 3 of the last 6 NIC-10 titles.

Westlund was an assistant mentor at Rock Valley University previous calendar year and has 10 yrs of practical experience coaching local ladies at the youth, high university, AAU and junior college or university levels. He is the head coach of the Midwest Wildcats AAU workforce.

“He will provide excitement and superior power to Boylan,” reported RVC coach Darryl Watkins, who coached the Golden Eagles to their 11th consecutive N4C Meeting title this year. “He’s a male who is familiar with the game.”

Westlund also coached a single year under Watkins when both have been at Auburn, with Watkins as the head coach and Westlund the freshman coach.

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“He is going to examine film all day very long and attempt to get ready the girls every single and each and every match to go in and get it carried out,” Watkins explained. “He’s really excellent at player development and at Xs and Os and breaking film down.”

Westlund graduated from Prophetstown Substantial University and performed NCAA Division III basketball at Rockford University.

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