By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Kelly George has been promoted to the position of head girls basketball coach at Monett High School.
George, who assisted Derrek Uhl in 2011-12, is a 1995 graduate of Monett High School.
Uhl, whose 2010-11 edition finished 20-7 overall and 6-1 in the Big 8 Conference, recently stepped down as the girls coach. But the former Colorado State gridder will remain in the Monett system in several capacities.
“I’m excited,” George said on Saturday. “I’ve bled purple and gold my entire life. I’ve been a Monett Cub forever. We have some good kids.
“We’ll be very young (in 2012-13),” George said. “It was basically that way this season.”
George said that Uhl’s Cubs were without standout Hunter Glouse for several games to start the campaign because of an injury. They had just three seniors in Glouse (who signed with John Brown University), Jessica Schmidt and Nicollette Fellwock.
George, formerly Stellwagen, was a guard in basketball at Monett for Cleo Elbert. The Cubs won district titles her last three years.
“We had strong tradition under coach Elbert,” George said. “That’s the way I want it again. I want to build tradition.”
George attended Missouri Valley in Marshall (Mo.) for two years, playing basketball, before transferring to Missouri Southern. She didn’t play for the Lions but did secure her degree.
She began coaching with a four-year stint at Pierce City before four as the Purdy head coach. Her last Purdy team, in 2008-09, finished 20-7 overall and 9-3 in the Ozark 7 Conference. Those Eagles lost to Miller and Hannah Wilkerson in the finals of District 2-10.
George, who’s been working with youth basketball for a couple of years, also will be cross country coach for both boys and girls and head girls track coach in 2012-13. Her assistant in basketball will be Julie Dalton.
Kelly is married to Kevin George, director of Ramey’s in Cassville, and they have two daughters — Kaylee, 12, and Kaesha, 9.
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