Chadron State has tabbed one of its own to turn the women’s basketball program around. Janet Raymer played for the Eagles and has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach. She takes over a program that has not enjoyed a winning season since 2001.
“I have been around the program for a lot of years and looking at it I have seen it in good shape, bad shape and in between”, said Raymer. “I have seen the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and it is a tough conference. I know what it takes to be competitive in that conference.”
Raymer says her first goal is to put a stop to player attrition that has constantly had the program in rebuilding mode. Her recruiting focus will be more local and she will try to find players who want to be part of the program and earn a degree.
“If the kid is not interested in coming to school here and getting that degree then all they have is basketball and if we have a poor season I lose a kid. Increasing the retention rate is what I am looking to do by recruiting more local.”
Raymer replaces Tim Connealy, who resigned after eight seasons at the helm.