is in charge at Hampshire
...Sue Ellett, the new girls basketball coach at Hampshire, stands with her arms extended.
Last year, during Milt Awe's farewell coaching tour, the Whip-Purs went unbeaten in the Big Northern Conference West Division and rolled through the playoffs to a third-place finish in the IHSA Class A tournament. Hampshire
didn't just wear opponents down, "We bombarded them," Ellett
said, with a relentless up-tempo style supported by an eight-player rotation fueled by substitutions about every 4 minutes. "We ran them off the floor," said Ellett, who served as Awe's assistant for a second time last season.
Initially an assistant at Hampshire
from 1995-98, budget cuts forced Ellett
to search for another opportunity to continue her
landed at Burlington Central, where she
guided the seventh-grade boys team before rejoining Awe's
staff last fall.
"I was tied to Hampshire
said."Even when I left, I did not get too far away." Ellett
has never been one to turn away from an athletic challenge.
As a three-sport standout at Dundee-Crown in the early 1980s, Ellett
joined the boys golf team before it was fashionable for girls to attempt to cross over into boys athletics."Title IX got off to a nice start, but that was a time when there was not a lot of intermixing," she
said."I was fortunate enough to have coaches who were open-minded.It was great experience for me to go through as a teenager." Ellett
became the first girl in the school district to qualify for the boys state golf meet, placing ninth as a senior and 11th as a junior.She also played a role in the D-C girls basketball team qualifying for the state tourney's Elite Eight and was a catcher on the softball team.
"I'm very competitive," said Ellett
, who went on to play Division I golf at Northern Illinois.