After finishing this past season as District Runner-Ups, the Mena Jr. Ladycats basketball team will have a new coach this coming year. Last week, the Mena School Board accepted the resignation of former Ladycats coach, Jordan Poole, and approved the hire of Heather Goss as Jr. Girls Basketball Coach.
Poole, who accepted a position at Bruno-Pyatt Public Schools, stated, "I am very grateful for the opportunity that I was given at Mena, and for the relationships that were made." He continued, "I am proud of everything we accomplished and how hard the kids worked each and every day."
Goss began her coaching career at Mena right out of college. She spent 6 years as a Jr. High Basketball, Track, and Volleyball coach, before taking the reigns of the Sr. Girls Basketball program for 4 years and the Sr. High Volleyball team for 2 years.
"I stepped away from education/coaching to devote more time to my young kids," said Goss. "I sold insurance at Farm Bureau for 5 years."
After a couple of years away, Goss returned to Mena Public Schools as a Special Education teacher at Mena Middle School two years ago.
Going into this coming season, Goss says, "I always have high expectations for my teams on and off the floor, and this year will be no different." The Jr. Ladycats Coach continued, "Displaying hard work, competitiveness, dedication, loyalty to each other, and great attitudes on and off the floor are what I expect. If we take care of these things, then the wins will come."
Goss noted, "These 9th grades are a very talented group of girls, but if we don't take care of those important things first, we will just be an average Jr. High team."
This past week, the Jr. Ladycats as well as other Mena basketball athletes took part in a basketball camp at Mena High School put on by Charlie Miller. Goss stated on her team, "I was very pleased with how the girls grew mentally and physically the three days at camp. They responded very well to Miller's instructions, as well to my challenges I presented to them."
"I am very excited to be a part of Ladycat Athletics again," Goss expressed.