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Ragan, Tilden hired by LVHS

Aug 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Fall sports for all Fremont County schools start on Monday, Aug. 19.

Lander Valley High School activities director Barry Scott hired two new head coaches this summer for the 2013-14 school year.

Scott promoted volleyball assistant coach Janet Ragan to the head coaching position at LVHS.

Emily Tilden was named as the LVHS Nordic ski coach.

Fall sports for all Fremont County schools start Monday, Aug. 19.

Volleyball

"I think that Janet's record indicates she has had a pretty successful career," Scott said. "She is passionate about the sport of volleyball. She has worked hard during the summer with the girls."

Ragan has been the top assistant volleyball coach the last two years under LVHS former coach Andee Meyer.

Meyer took LVHS to the Class 3-A state volleyball tournament for two consecutive years.

"We knew when she applied we were getting a good, seasoned, successful coach," Scott said.

Scott said Ragan has either been a freshman coach, varsity assistant coach or middle school coach for the past eight years.

"She has bounced around a little bit," Scott said. "Anytime that I have needed her somewhere, she has moved."

Ragan took the LVHS volleyball team to different camps this summer after she was hired full-time.

"She is very passionate about the sport," Scott said. "This is something that she is good at. There is no question that we will take her. I'm pretty excited to see how she does this year."

Ragan has put together an open gym for volleyball at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

"She has a young group of girls," Scott said. "She is building a solid foundation. I'm really excited to see how they perform this year. We are pretty fortunate that she has decided to continue coaching."

Ragan is a physical education teacher at Lander Middle School.

Skiing

Tilden is no stranger to the LVHS Nordic ski program.

She was head coach for LVHS from 2008-2010.

Tilden stepped down when Maggie Heller took over.

"Emily stepped down because she had to focus more on her primary career," Scott said.

"We have four assistant coaches, so it works out well for everybody. We are again fortunate that we had a quality person step up when we were in the time of need."

Heller resigned from her position during the offseason.

The skiers don't start training until November.

"Emily has a passion for the sport," Scott said. "She has done it her whole life. The part of the Lander culture is outdoor activities, especially in the winter. She has a great support group here in Lander. She knows all these folks. They back her anytime that is needed. That makes her program so much stronger."

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