Julie Crowell, who has been the Van Horn High School boys and girls cross country coach the past two years, has a new title at the Independence high school.

Julie Crowell, who has been the Van Horn High School boys and girls cross country coach the past two years, has a new title at the Independence high school.
“Julie’s our new co-head girls basketball coach,” interim activities director Gary Bressman said Tuesday morning. “And we’re thrilled that she and former assistant coach Anne Rice are taking over the program.”
Rice served last year under former head coach Sean Akridge, who has accepted an administrative position with the Independence School District’s LINK program.
“Gary called me into his office the other day and we were talking about the upcoming (cross country) district meet and some other things, and at the end of the conversation he asked me what I thought about coaching the girls basketball team,” said Crowell, who was a freshman and sophomore girls basketball coach at William Chrisman High School before joining the Van Horn staff.
“My plate’s pretty full with coaching cross country and teaching, but basketball has always been my passion. I told him I was interested in coaching with Anne, who I have a great deal of admiration and respect for, and he offered me the coaching position.”
And Crowell said it didn’t take long for her to accept.
“I thought about it for about two minutes and said yes,” she said. “I’m just so excited about it. We have district cross country this Saturday at Richmond and we have a couple of runners who have a very good chance of going to sectionals. So I’m going to concentrate on cross country until the season comes to an end.
“Then, I’m going to jump into basketball with all my heart. Anne is just a great coach and even better person and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather work with.”
Crowell said 32 students have signed up for the basketball team.
“We not only want to make the girls better basketball players, but also better individuals,” she said. “We want them to work hard, and see success that comes that’s not necessarily reflected by the final score of the game.”