May 3, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSame faces, new places.
In a double-switch, Shoshoni High School boys and girls basketball coaches Dan Martin and Max Mills have swapped positions as head coaches for the Wranglers.
Mills led a struggling boys program back to respectability the last two seasons, while Martin took the Lady Blue to state after a long hiatus and narrowly missed bringing home a trophy on a controversial final shot against Pine Bluffs.
Shoshoni won the Southwest 2-A conference last spring, including a pair of wins over Wyoming Indian in regular season and tournament play. "This is a positive thing for Shoshoni," Martin said.
Prior to his arrival in Shoshoni, Martin was a successful boys coach in South Dakota, leading the Spearfish Spartans to the AA State Championship in 2002 and was honored as the South Dakota Coach of the Year in the same year.
"I coached the Torrington junior varsity girls for six years before coming to Shoshoni," Mills said.
In the process he was an integral part of the Trailblazers' four straight state tournament appearances from 2007 to 2010. In 2008 Torrington finished second in Class 3-A and won the consolation title in his final year at the school in 2010.
Continuity on the girls side will be maintained, with assistant coaches Sabrina Thoren and Christine Mills remaining on staff. The boys assistant position has not been filled yet. The duo met with players from both teams at school last week, and the consensus was good among the students.
Mills and Martin have slightly different philosophies on off-season play, with Martin focusing more on individual camps and Mills an advocate of team camps.
Both coaches say they will have their teams busy in preparation this summer.
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