New Mariner coach focuses on building relationships | Girls basketball

Gepner also teaches math at high school
By David Pan | Aug 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Mariner High School Jamie Gepner

New Mariner head girls basketball coach Jamie Gepner plans to take advantage of being an in-building coach.

Gepner, who teaches math at Mariner High School, noted that she’ll be able to interact with players on a daily basis.

“It helps with relationships,” Gepner said. “I’m huge on building relationships.”

If players have issues or problems, they can come and talk directly to her, Gepner added.

Gepner coached the junior varsity team last season and previously was the C team coach for three years.

The players and Gepner were able to get to know each other better during open gyms at the high school earlier this summer.

“We’re just slowly implementing things as we go,” Gepner said. “We’re slowly introducing the way I want them to play.”

Mariner will see a significant turnover in the roster with the graduation of key players such as Hannah Hezekiah, Denisa Grebovic and Nia Hawkins.

“There are definitely big shoes to fill,” Gepner said. “We have got girls right now who really want to step up and who are working hard. They are working on their individual skills. They have a lot to bring. In the last few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of improvement with these girls.”

The Marauders are coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history. Mariner finished 7-7 in the Wesco 4A and was 15-10 overall. The team posted two victories in the district tournament, the first district wins in at least 20 years.

Gepner wants the Marauders to continue to be a hard-working team on the court.

“I see no reason every single girl can’t play aggressively no matter what their skill level and work hard for themselves, their teammates and their school,” Gepner said.

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