The Armada High School girls basketball program has a new man in charge.
After leading the Richmond High School girls basketball team the past two years, Chris Schroudt has found another home in the Blue Water Area Conference.
Schroudt will take over for Mark Carlson, who led the program the past 11 years.
“I did my student teaching at Armada and I just really like the people, the administration and the coaches over there,” said Schroudt, a 2009 Richmond graduate. “It’s a very welcoming environment.”
During the past 11 years, the Armada Tigers program has shifted into a BWAC power under Carlson. Schroudt hopes to keep the program on that level while implementing his own style.
“I am in a similar situation as when I first took over at Richmond,” Schroudt said. “We graduated a lot as we did at Armada this year. There is a solid culture in place with Armada basketball. That’s something I really don’t have to retool. Overall, it will be just tweaking the little things.
“Richmond and Armada aren’t giant schools. You are not going to have a bunch of athletes coming out. You coach the kids up every day. I think this will be a really interesting year. I have no idea what is going to happen. The BWAC is wide open.”
While Schroudt is open to making adjustments on the fly, he does hope the Tigers will be known for being stingy on defense.
“I think Armada has always been known for their defense and I hope to continue that tradition,” he said. “I’m a defensive guy. I think we did a really good job focusing on defense at Richmond.
“I want a team that sits down on defense and talks. I hope that stays our identity. We will slow it down and take care of defense and hopefully that carries over.”
For his part, Carlson said he expects the program to continue having success.
“The administration and I stopped seeing eye-to-eye and it was time to move on,” Carlson said. “When I took over, they hadn’t won many games.
“I love what we built and where we are and I think I left the program in pretty good shape. Hopefully, they continue to grow and I wish them the best.”
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