The Fort Hays State University women’s basketball team will take the court for the first time under Head Coach Tony Hobson on Nov. 2.
The Tigers are scheduled to play at the University of Kansas in an exhibition match.
Hobson takes over the coaching position from Annette Wiles.
“The team has been very receptive throughout the transition period from Coach Wiles to us,” Hobson said. “It has helped a lot that they are willing to work.”
Hobson was previously the coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., where he had a career record of 234-50. He led the Broncos to three NAIA national championships and won two.
“Coach Hobson and I have worked together for a long time and we are on the same page as far as expectations go. It’s good for the players to see their coaches working together as a team to help make them better players,” Assistant Coach Carrie Hoffstetter said.
The Tigers return three players that saw significant time last season in juniors Naomi Bancroft, Kayla Klug and Erica Biel.
Bancroft led the Tigers in 3-pointers last season with 86. Klug was also a vital player for the Tigers in the category of steals and assists with 36 and 54 respectively last season. Biel has been big on the boards, grabbing 141 rebounds last season.
“I want the team to improve upon last year, and I will do anything and everything that I can to help out my team,” Klug said.
With six returning players and six new players, FHSU students can expect to see a different type of game under Hobson.
“It will be a fast-paced game. We won’t be walking the ball down the court, and I think the students will like the change in the game” Hobson said.
Hobson and Hoffstetter agree that student support is important.
“One of the most important things that the students can do to help the team is to just come out to the games and support the girls. They have worked really hard, and a good student section can make all the difference,” Hoffstetter said.