Assistant Fort Mill girls’ basketball coach Nathan Wruble is switching hats with the team.
Wruble has been named new head girls basketball coach for the Jackets after the resignation of Heather Klipa about a month ago. Klipa resigned after three seasons with a 30-39 record and made the playoffs twice during her time at the helm.
Wruble has been Klipa’s assistant for three seasons and has filled in a couple times for her while she was out during COVID and pregnancy.
The sport is something that Wruble is familiar with as he coached high school basketball at both the boys’ and girls’ levels in both Michigan and Chicago area before moving to the area.
“I have been coaching the last 13 years either as a JV head coach, varsity head coach or a varsity assistant,” he said.
Wruble said that Klipa made a good foundation for him to pick up and run with. He will be losing a key player in Nadia Dial but will be returning another leading player in Clare Moore.
“I would like to keep moving forward with the momentum that Coach Klipa built,” he said. “She did a great job getting the girls invested and supporting the team. Being a coach, you like to see other coaches promoting basketball and the kids and no one did it better than Coach Klipa did. She promoted basketball and supported the girls in the program.”
This past season, the girls team faced a lot of adversity in dealing with an injury to Dial, who missed a big portion of the season, and other players. Despite that, Fort Mill was still able to make the playoffs.
“I see a lot potential in our girl’s program at both levels – varsity and JV,” he said. “I think we have a lot of athletes. I think we have a lot of people that can score if we put them in the right position and when we decide to, we can play defense with anybody. I have a lot of high aspirations for our program starting this summer.”
Wruble played both football and basketball at Ferris State University in Michigan during college. He is a math teacher at Fort Mill High.
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