February 18, 2018 10:50 PM
(ABC 6 News) – Basketball is a game full of hard work and determination, but how you grow as an athlete, all depends on your coach.
“Talk, talk, make sure we’re talking!” The Stewartville Tigers Junior Varsity Boys basketball coach Kasey Morlock shouted during practice. “I’m a pretty tough coach, I expect a lot.”
Morlock has been drawing up plays for 15 years as a coach, but for the last seven, she’s been coaching the boys.
“I know this is not the majority by any means,” Morlock said.
It’s not very common. According to a 2013-2014 Minnesota High School Coaches Report, from the Tucker Center at the University of Minnesota, just under 2% of women coached boys’ teams in Minnesota.
“My dad helps me coach and I’ve had people come up and shake my dad’s hand like he’s the coach and my dad will direct them to me,” Morlock said.
”It’s getting harder and harder to find coaches, most of our coaches are males, even the ones that coach the girls are often males,” Tigers Assistant Varsity Coach Tony Tuseth said.
Tuseth said Morlock’s experience and knowledge of the game made it an easy decision for the school to hire her.
“We’re really after the best people we can get for the position,” Tuseth said.
As a matter of fact, he and Morlock have known each other for years.
“I coached her, her sophomore, junior and senior year,” Tuseth said.
Morlock is a Stewartville alumna and played varsity basketball all four years of high school, including a successful senior season.
“We lost to three undefeated teams that year,” Tuseth said. “We made it through and we won the subsection. Then she went off, [and] became Miss Minnesota and played four years big-time basketball.”
Miss Minnesota basketball is an award given to the best female basketball player in Minnesota. Morlock won that in 1993, just months before moving on to play for North Dakota State University, where she made history.
She helped lead the Bison to their second, third and fourth consecutive Division 2 championship titles, while scoring 2,233 total points in her four years on the team.
“She knows how to talk to players,” Tigers sophomore guard Bradon Holschlag said. “Whenever I have suggestions, she’ll listen to me and if she has suggestions, I’ll listen to her.”
“She knows basketball better than anyone I’ve ever met,” Tigers sophomore forward Chuck Winch said.
Winch and Holschlag have had several basketball coaches, but Morlock is their first female coach.
“She’s always complimenting us and making sure we have our homework done, studying,” Holschlag said. “She’s easier to relate to.”
“I can talk to Kasey about anything, sports or not sports, she’s always there to listen,” Winch said.
They describe the dynamic between the team and Morlock as one of respect.
“When she says something, the guys listen,” Winch said.
“They don’t question her because they know that she knows what she’s talking about,” Holschlag said. “She’s accomplished a lot in her lifetime.”
Those experiences have led her back to where it all began; passing down life lessons she learned, right inside these walls of Stewartville High School.
“I’m just happy that it’s come full circle,” Tuseth said.
“It’s just a great atmosphere to coach in and so I feel really lucky to be a part of it and I love it and I’m just really thankful,” Morlock said.
Morlock is a mother of three. She says that’s a big reason why she switched to coaching boys. Her oldest is a freshman at Stewartville, and just like his mom, he went straight to playing varsity.
Updated: February 18, 2018 10:50 PM
Created: February 18, 2018 09:39 PM
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