Basketball coach is ready to shoot hoops

Megan Burns joins the coaching staff this year as new head varsity girls basketball coach.

The Winans elementary special education teacher is from Twin Falls, Idaho and has also coached track in Billings for three years.

The fifth-year teacher went to college in Dillon, where she got her degree in Physical education and in Special Education. She said she hopes to someday teach P.E.

Burns said her family has always played basketball, so the sport has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.

She hopes that during games the girls have a focused mindset and everyone does their jobs, so they can play as a team.

“You gotta know your job; that’s what makes the pieces move,” she said.

Burns described her coaching philosophy as “It is not all about winning games or winning state championships. Rather, it is about building people and developing life skills that will be utilized in all areas of their lives as the grow. Basketball is about learning how to be a respectful and respected person. It is learning about goals and having the drive and discipline to reach those goals. It is about teamwork and relationships.”

She added, “Coaching basketball for me is about being a positive role model in young women’s lives, and being that person they can trust with more than just the X’s and O’s.”

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