CARSON CITY — Only two years removed from its Class C regional finals trip, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is looking to return, this time under new leadership.
In his 20 years as a local resident, Tim Stout, 40, has taken on many enjoyable challenges, such as opening two businesses — Muffin Top in Carson City and Ike’s Ice Cream in Crystal — with his wife, Amanda, and coaching, both the boys junior varsity basketball team and, currently, working as the defensive coach for the Eagles football team the last nine years.
This winter, Stout is taking on another coaching challenge as the new girls basketball coach, replacing Larry Farmer, who took a position at Portland High School.
“I have a passion for coaching,” said Stout, a Grand Ledge High School graduate. “When the opportunity for this position presented itself, I thought it was a good fit for me.”
Stout is taking over a unique team that has a lot of youth with varsity experience.
Last year, many younger players saw action on the varsity level, with many of them starting, as well. With then-junior Cara Wiles leading the charge, the Eagles finished the season 15-6 overall and placing second in the Mid-State Activities Conference with an 8-2 record; however, the team got knocked out in the first round of the districts playoffs.
With Wiles and her young, experienced corps returning, Stout is in a great position to get the Eagles back to the regional finals.
“Larry is a friend of mine, and he did a great job with this program,” Stout said. “He made sure to put the next person in charge of this team in line to be successful.”
The team will be without all-state honorable mention Madi Weese, but last year’s freshmen are now returning as experienced sophomores: Kaylee Reeder, Kolbi Humphrey, Megan Dailey and Bailey Fitzpatrick, who started every game for the Eagles last year.
Stout will look to these players to help Wiles continue a winning program, not only this season but for the future of the program.
“She’s a great leader,” Stout said of Wiles. “When they were still looking for a coach in the off-season, she put together a schedule for the team and got them together to practice. She bridged that gap.”
Wiles is looking forward to this year, having learned a lot from last year.
“We were pretty much a (junior varsity) team last year,” said Wiles, who, along with Elizabeth DeWald, are the only seniors on this year’s team. “We had a lot of growing up to do and by the time we got comfortable with each other, it was districts playoffs and we lost. But all of that leads up to now.”
With Stout as the new coach, Wiles believes the team can continue the quest Farmer started for them last year.
“I’ve known him from when he coached the JV boys basketball team. I’m excited for what he can do for us,” she said about Stout.
Stout is excited about this year’s team and is eager to get to know the players and start getting ready for the upcoming season.
“The girls are committed. It’s a real committed group,” Stout said. “My expectations for this season is simply to make sure we control what we can control. This is a hard-working group and if we keep working working like we are, that will set us up to be competitive. Their work ethic is awesome.”
Stout is still working on filling coaching positions at the junior varsity and middle school levels.
Carson City-Crystal’s first game will be at home Nov. 29 against Central Montcalm.