With three different head coaches in three years, the Menomonie girls basketball team has gone from conference champs in 2009 to a group searching for an identity. SportScene 13's Matt Cullen shows how the Mustangs may be finding one thanks to an unlikely pairing.
It's said two heads are better than one. Reaping the benefits is the Menomonie girls basketball team, even if it's just by coincidence.
Brady Hoolihan/Mustangs Assistant Coach says, "It was going to be the first year since I was seven that I wasn't going to be involved in organized basketball."
Sean Hoolihan Head Coach says, "With my family situation, it was better for me to take this position."
After six years as a UW-Stout assistant football coach, Sean Hoolihan took over the Menomonie program this past June. Waiting was the perfect assistant, his brother Brady, who had resigned as Eau Claire Regis' head coach following a state championship season.
Sean Hoolihan says, "He has instant credibility with the kids and the community, and I thought it would be fun to coach with my brother, too."
Brady Hoolihan says, "I coach because I love basketball, and I love kids and I love being around it. To me, I'm not taking a step back."
Matt Cullen: "Coaching truly is the family business for the Hoolihan's, Sean's wife even helps out as a coach in the middle school program. Collectively, they all have the same focus, to help the Mustangs be among the best year in and year out in the Big Rivers conference.
Clare Luepke/Menomonie Senior Guard says, "They just have more enthusiasm to make us good. They just push us to our fullest, and we have so much to work on, but we'll reach that potential."
At 1-3, Menomonie continues to fine-tune its play, but with Sean and Brady at the helm, there's confidence a successful foundation is in place.
Sean Hoolihan says, "My goal is to be able to coach my daughter when she gets up. That stability will reap its rewards down the road."
A direction the program seems to be buying into. In Menomonie, Matt Cullen SportScene 13.