Girls Basketball: David Owles taking over for Kim Connell

Updated: April 4, 2012 9:55PM

Boys varsity assistant basketball coach David Owles is moving over to the girls program at Waubonsie Valley to replace Kim Connell as head coach.

“It’s the opportunity to be a head coach and run my own program. You never know if you’ll get that chance and when it’s offered, you don’t know if you’ll get another,” said Owles, who has coached in the boys program for the past 12 years, the last three as Steve Weemer’s varsity assistant.

Connell posted a 75-11 record and her teams won three straight regional championships since she came to the school in 2009 after 12 years at Rockford Boylan where her teams went 258-106.

“It’s my understanding she’s not returning to Waubonsie as a teacher. I don’t think basketball had anything to do with it,” said Owles, who learned of the opening the week before spring break.

Connell couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday night.

“Right before spring break [last week] I had a conversation with [athletic director Mike Rogowski] about it and he told me to think about it during the break,’’ said Owles, who decided to pursue the position after talking over with his wife.

The Normal, Ill., native was offered the job on Wednesday and after he accepted, Rogowski issued a press release.

“It was a tough decision from the standpoint that I was in the boys program for 12 years, I love the staff and we have a good group coming back next season,” Owles said. “I talked to Steve and he was very helpful.”

A business teacher at the school, Owles worked for the National Safety Council for seven years after earning his marketing degree from the University of Illinois. He then returned to school to earn his teaching certificate. He is also the boys varsity golf coach at Waubonsie Valley.

“Basically, we helped develop training programs for industrial safety to help companies comply with OSHA standards,” Owles said.

Dave Saurbaugh, Waubonsie Valley boys varsity coach the eight years before Weemer took over in 2005, has worked the past three years as Connell’s assistant and Owles said Saurbaugh plans to continue with him in that capacity.

“He hired me 12 years ago to help with the boys program and I have a lot of respect for him,” said Owles. “He’s a huge asset to have on the bench with you.”

Owles first order of business to meet with returning players and begin planning his summer program.

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