Steven Rissler is out after two seasons as head girls basketball coach at Washburn Southwest High School.

“It was a surprise. I feel good about what I did,” Rissler said on Thursday. “The things I did were the way I was supposed to do them.

“I enjoyed my time (here) and the relationships with the other coaches,” Rissler said. “I enjoyed working with the girls.

“I have high hopes for the Southwest team,” Rissler said. “Whomever gets the job, I’ll be rooting for those girls.

“Hopefully, I’ll return to coaching in the Springfield area,” Rissler said.

Class 3 Southwest, 10-16 overall and 4-6 in the Ozark 7 Conference in 2010-11, improved to 17-9 and 8-2 this season. The losses in the conference were to champion Purdy.

“We’ve upgraded the schedule,” Rissler said of 2012-13. “That’s what the girls need to improve.”

Rissler, 35, was at Southwest for a year before being named head coach. Rissler is a graduate of Hermitage High School and attended the University of Missouri two years before securing his degree from Missouri State.

Rissler’s experience before Southwest included stints at Buffalo, Fair Grove, Macks Creek and Weaubleau at various levels. He guided the 2007-08 Macks Creek girls to fourth place in Class 1.

This Week's Circulars