By BRETT MARSHALL
The search for the Ulysses High School's girls basketball coaching position is over with the hiring of Tim Hofferber to replace Eric Flaton, who resigned earlier this month to accept a similar position in Coffeyville.
Hofferber has been the head girls basketball coach at Guymon (Okla.) High School for the past six years, where he compiled a won-loss record of 67-78, but in two of the last three seasons, his team won the district championship and had records of 15-10 and 15-11.
"I heard a lot of things about Ulysses, their community support for athletics, their facilities and when I interviewed I was very impressed," Hofferber said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Telegram. "Their facilities are second to none."
Hofferber will inherit a young team for the 2012-2013 season and will also be without the graduated Kaylea Britton, The Telegram's Player of the Year, who signed in November an NCAA Division I letter-of-intent with Vermont. The Lady Tigers only won five games this past season.
"I think the general dynamics of the team will be totally different for the girls," Hofferber said. "There will be a change in roles for everybody and I think it's exciting to see how the girls will react. It will be a different system entirely."
Hofferber has already begun his "Summer Pride" program that involves athletes from all sports at UHS during the summer month workout program permitted under the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
"We had 36 girls come on Tuesday and 38 (today)," Hofferber said. "I think the girls are excited to get in the weight room, see the things we're going to do."
Hofferber said that in recent years, Guymon had met Ulysses in December at the Hugoton Blue and Red Classic, so he is not unfamiliar with some of the players.
"Getting a chance to work with the girls this summer will be a big help to me and the girls," Hofferber said.
According to Jason Kenny, Ulysses athletic director, Hofferber will teach physical education and weight classes this fall.
"We expect Tim to bring experience, enthusiasm and excitement to help our girls build a winning basketball program," Kenny said.
In 2012, Hofferber was voted the head coach of the Oklahoma West All-Star team that played in the K-101 Bowl in Woodward, Okla.
Hofferber is a native of Hooker, Okla., a graduate of Hooker High School and graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He began his teaching and coaching career in Guymon in 2001 after spending several years working for accounting firms in Amarillo, Texas, and then helping run a family business in Hooker.
Ulysses is still conducting its search for a replacement for Jason Jones, the Tigers' head basketball coach who also resigned earlier this month to move to Ocala, Fla. for a coaching/teaching position there.