Brett Wille, Monroe High School athletic director who was the school’s head boys basketball coach for seven seasons before stepping down following the 2007-08 season, took over as interim head girls coach Tuesday after Brian Paine resigned earlier in the day.
“He left the team for personal reasons, and I respect that,” Wille said, declining to elaborate further. “As athletic director, I felt an obligation to make things right for the girls for the rest of the season….I felt I could step in and take over and make the transition smooth.”
He said the coaching position would be opened at the end of the season.
Paine, a former assistant coach at Wenatchee Community College, was in his first year at Monroe and left with a 2-8 record. The former Cashmere High School star played four seasons at Washington State University in the late 1980s and early ’90s.
Wille said he told the Monroe players about Paine’s resignation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, just five hours before their WesCo game against Mariner. The Beacats responded with a 61-20 victory, their first conference win of the season.
“They came out and played inspired and played hard,” Wille said. “The girls have been super positive and are excited about moving forward. I think it will be fine. They took what could have been a huge negative and turned it into a positive.”