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  • Prep Hoops: Artman’s vision will stay the course for Eldorado

  • New EHS girls’ basketball coach takes former teaching to instill in program
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  • With Josh Bradley being given the reins to the Eldorado High School boys’ basketball program, Scott Artman hops on the women’s basketball horse.
    Artman, who has spent the last two years as Bradley’s junior varsity head coach saddles up to a job that he’s more comfortable in now as opposed to the latter.
    “If they would have come to me to two years prior, I’m not saying I wouldn’t have taken it or taken a crack at it, but I’m far more comfortable in the job now than I was then.
    “Josh did a fantastic job of turning this program around and the one thing about Josh was how organized he was. I told him I don’t know if I’ll ever be as organized as he was, I know I have big shoes to fill.”
    Bradley has all the confidence in Artman in the fact that there is already a familiarity with him in the program.
    “The girls know him, know his ways and knows what he expects,” Bradley said. “I’m glad he’s getting this opportunity and I have no doubts the girls program will continue to succeed.”
    Artman added how he too is looking forward to continuing the program along the lines of Bradley’s vision, but he has a vision himself.
    “I don’t expect a lot of big changes,” Artman said. “I’m excited to get to work and implement a little more of my vision. I think the girls need to think a little more on their feet and can have a better impact on the game.”
    Artman graduated from Ridgeway High School, after attending Norris City-Omaha from kindergarden through ninth grade. His decision to attend Ridgeway was based firmly on basketball.
    “I wanted to play and learn the game from Bob Dallas. I really learned a lot more about the game from coach Dallas. One of the biggest things was just respect and discipline, which I hope to instill in the girls. coach Dallas had a vision of the way the game should be played.”
    Parlay that into Artman’s vision and he believes the girls’ program can be just as strong.
    “Basketball has changed so much and I’m not going to say I’m in favor of how it’s changed or how its even changed the players. But, we have kids here who have a very good work ethic. If you demand and ask something of these girls, they will give it.”
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow him on twitter: @spydieshooter.
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