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August 7, 2013

ON THE SPOT: Vogen's rolling with the changes

Jeff forward ready for new coach, new season

LOUISVILLE — Jeffersonville girls’ basketball standout Haley Vogen has seen coaches come and go. With Matt Pait leaving to coach the Jeff boys’ team this year, she will play under her fourth coach in as many years. Vogen and her teammates found out who their new coach would be on Tuesday night, as former New Albany assistant boys’ basketball coach Mike Warren was named the Red Devils’ new boss.

The coaching changes do not seem to affect the hardworking young power forward, however. Vogen just keeps improving.

This coming season, Vogen and the rest of the Red Devils look to improve on a 7-14 record and fight for a Class 4A sectional title.

Last Saturday, News and Tribune sports writer Ryan Ingram caught up with Vogen at the Battle of the Bridges basketball tournament at the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville. Vogen’s 17 points led all scorers, and her play earned her most valuable player honors for the Indiana squad.

 

• QUESTION: You’ve had four different coaches in four years. How tough is that?

• VOGEN: “The first couple of years, it was really tough adjusting. But going into my senior year, I just have to learn to focus and listen to what he says. It’s a great opportunity for me going into college next year to learn to adapt to new systems and new changes.”

• Q: What have you done to improve over the summer?

• VOGEN: “I played AAU all summer with Indiana Flight, and I’ve been working with [personal coach] Martin Luther every Saturday morning and going to the [YMCA] and getting repetitions in and shooting.”

• Q: Which of your teammates have you seen improve in the offseason?

• VOGEN: “[Aurreeshae Hines] has improved dramatically this summer, as far as ballhandling, shooting, working the ball inside, her mental game. So Shae is going to be a big, big help for us this year.”

• Q: What are your expectations for your senior year?

• VOGEN: “I go into every year wanting to win every game, wanting to play hard every game. So with a new coach, I just want to give him my all and have the team give him its all.”

• Q: What are your team goals this year?

• VOGEN: “Every year it’s to win a state championship. But I just want to make the most out of every game — try to come out with a “W” every game.”

• Q: Do you have any thought on Coach Pait leaving to coach the boys’ team?

• VOGEN: “It was a dream job for him. I wish the best for him. It was a good opportunity for him. So, hopefully him leaving will be a good opportunity for us.”

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