TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central girls basketball program got an injection of blue collar on Thursday.
The Trojans announced the hiring of Heather Simpson to guide the varsity team, where she will be instilling tenacity in her squad with an emphasis on effort and attitude.
“I look forward to changing the culture,” said Simpson, who takes over a team that went 5-15 last season. “I think we’re going to be competitive and I say that because we’re going to change the way we think and the way we work. We talk about two things and that’s attitude and effort. We’re going to work on having a great attitude, a positive attitude, and our effort. Having strong effort every day, in practice and in games. That will allow you to compete, and when you compete, it might translate into wins. I really think we’re going to surprise some people because we’re going to get after it.”
Simpson was picked out of a pool of six candidates. Four interviewed out of the initial six and three were considered finalists.
“What Heather brought to the table was an overall passion for the job,” said TC Central AD Cody Inglis. “She has a passion for basketball, but also for teaching and reaching kids. When you combine that with her philosophy on educational athletics, and the importance of teaching those lifelong lessons, of holding kids accountable with high expectations, those are the things that stood out for me as an athletic director and wanting to put her in charge of the program. We debated a challenging hire because we wanted to make sure we had the best candidate. In the end Heather stood out.”
Simpson is also the Trojans’ junior varsity softball coach and co-coaches the St. Francis varsity volleyball team.