Allie Boedeker named the new girls basketball head coach


Kara Swihart

Freshmen Dani Meyer and Tess Allgeyer pose with coach Allie Boedeker.

After one season of bonding, helping and coaching the girls basketball program, current assistant coach Allie Boedeker has been named the next head coach of girls basketball.

Boedeker has taught math at West Middle School for one year.

“I love the West community. I live in the area and my kids will go here. I’m very invested in West so I’m happy I have this amazing opportunity,” Boedeker said.

Boedeker has also been an assistant coach for Maryville University for three years, but this will be her first head coaching job.

“Being a head coach will be a lot different,” Boedeker said. “Basketball season will be all about basketball, which is a good thing. It gives me something to look forward to.”

In the one season that Boedeker has been involved in the program, she has bonded with the girls along with teaching them.

“She has already impacted the team so much this year,” freshman guard Dani Meyer said. “She’s really fun to be around. She knows when it’s time to be serious and focus and she knows when it’s time to have fun. Once, while playing a game I got really frustrated and mad, and Boedeker told me to ‘be like frozen and let it go.’ That’s just the kind of personality she has.”

Boedeker played college basketball at Maryville University.

“I’m excited to see what she does differently with the program and see what she has to offer because of her college experience. She knows how we do things, so I don’t think she will change the program too much,” junior guard Natalie Rath said. “Overall I’m glad she got the job because she’s so much fun. At the beginning of the season when I was injured, I’d sit next to her on the bench during games and she was always so friendly and helpful.”

In order for all levels to become more unified, Boedeker plans to have all three teams bond together and support each other more.

“I’m looking forward to a brand new start and creating my own traditions, but keeping the legacy that West basketball has. I’m so happy to be coaching this group of girls,” Boedeker said. “I love them and I wouldn’t have wanted the position if it was any other group.”