Even though she was coaching in Brainerd it was like a home game Tuesday for St. Cloud Tech Tigers girls' basketball coach Jessica (Beachy) Rahmann.
Rahmann's husband, Brian, and three children were in the bleachers along with her parents, Ron and Naomi of Staples, and her sister, Ramelle, of Baxter and her four children. Other Staples fans attended and the game was refereed by Staples coaches Glen Hasselberg and Jerry Reck.
"Sometimes it's a little nerve-racking because you want to make sure you're ready to go," Rahmann said after the Tigers beat the Brainerd Warriors 48-41. "My dad likes to come down and help (at practice). The girls appreciate him coming down. He works on their shooting technique. He's missed when he's not in the crowd.
"It's nice to have fans come and support me as a coach. I'm used to them coming when I played. Coaching is definitely a different aspect of the game. There's a lot more to think about than there is as a player."
Rahmann was a 1,000-point standout at Staples High School and a three-time All-American at Concordia College in Moorhead. In 1998 she was the Kodak Division III Player of the Year, the Division III Athlete of the Year and won the Honda Broderick Award as the Outstanding Woman Athlete in Division III. She helped Concordia to the national championship in 1988 and a national runner-up finish in 1987. She remains Concordia's career scoring leader with 2,101 points.
After serving as an assistant coach at Concordia and Jamestown, N.D., colleges and coaching high school basketball in North Dakota, Rahmann is in her first season at Tech.
"I'm trying to establish a junior varsity program to develop the up and coming people who will be on the varsity someday," Rahmann said. "They had a good fundamental start. Their coaches in the past stressed fundamentals.
"Defense is a big part of the game and I could tell the minute I walked on the floor they were very schooled in what they needed to do on defense. On offense they work hard.
"We have a lot of just plain athletes. They're not just basketball players. They're good athletes. It makes a difference. They're so versatile instead of being a one-sport athlete."
Brainerd coach Carl Hendrickson was impressed with Tech's performance.
"We didn't handle their aggressive man-to-man defense as well as we should have," he said. "They're a nice team for a (6-7) team. They do a lot of nice things."
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