Maine leans into a familiar face to lead her girls’ basketball event. Earlier, Maiden Athletic Director Kane Hauser announced the decision to hire Stephen Hensley, coach of the 2004-07 Blue Devils women’s varsity basketball team, in an email to members of the media Wednesday afternoon.
Henseli was a teacher and coach for 25 years. The Freedom High alumnus also dressed up in other Catwaba County schools, but most recently served as the head coach of the Maiden Track team and assistant offensive coordinator for the JV men’s basketball team as well as the soccer team.
During her first 10-year stint at Maiden, which began in 2000, Hensley was an assistant women’s basketball coach with Frank Snyder before becoming head coach for three seasons beginning in 2004. His teams went 28-49 and were they made the state playoffs each season. First-round win against Shelby during the 2007 playoffs at 2 p.m.
Now Hensley has replaced Snyder again after retiring last month. Snyder has been a high school sports coach for 43 years, including the last three as the Blue Devils girls basketball coach.
In six seasons (2001-04, 2018-21) as Maiden’s women’s basketball coach, Snyder set an overall record of 70-76. The Blue Devils will be 29-39 as of 2018, with 22-20 conference drama marks at South Fork 2, though they will also attend the athletics conference at Bandus, Bunker Hill, Newton-Conver, West Caldwell, East Burke . like the new Catwaba Valley 2., Lincolnton and West Lincoln – 2021-22 beginning with the school year.
The Blue Devils finished 6-8 in both overall and South Fork 2 last season, winning four of their last six contests. Their last postseason victory was in 2017, when they defeated Lincoln in the second round of the playoffs in 2 after the first round against West Davidson.
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