Lady Pirate basketball team meets new coach; Heavener boys coach hired Monday night

Sometimes when one looks at all sides of an issue, one side seems to stick out. That was verly likely the case for Scott Gregory.Gregory, who had been coaching the Heavener Wolves for the past seven seasons, was hired at Monday night's Poteau Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the new coach of the Poteau Lady Pirates.With the fact that Gregory lives in Poteau will make things easier for him with the new job.However, he is also excited about just how good the Lady Pirates can be.“I'm really excited about this,” Gregory said Thursday afternoon just before meeting his new players for the first time. “There were a couple of reasons. First is family, and another is there are a lot of very athletic girls here.”The Lady Pirates were 8-20 last season and 9-15 the season before for a total of 17-35 under Jennie Rutledge. In the past two seasons, the Lady Pirates were fifth in the 2011 and 2012 LeFlore County Tournaments, won back-to-back Class 4A District Tournament titles and were regional consolation champions this past season — which put them three wins from a state-tournament appearance.There's also the fact that all but three girls will be back from this past season's squad, plus the eighth-graders from Pansy Kidd Middle School who will be freshmen in Gregory's first season in 2012-13.“There is definitely a lot of potential,” he said. “And there's a good group of freshmen coming in. I think the sky's the limit. I think the possibilities are endless.”Another thing making this job intriguing for the veteran coach is a challenge. This will be his first head girls coaching job.“The challenge of that was another factor,” Gregory said.The most important thing now is to lay a starting foundation for the 2012-13 season, which will begin in December.“We've got to figure out what we're going to do this summer,” Gregory said. “We've got to get some things going and start things up.”