Lennox has found its new girls basketball coach.
The school announced Thursday that Sioux Falls Roosevelt assistant Adam Quail has been selected to replace Dan DeVries, who will be taking over as activities director later this year.
Quail, who played for Bill Vincent at Sioux Valley, graduated from South Dakota State in 2012.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Quail, who will teach chemistry at Lennox. “Lennox has a very strong basketball tradition. Credit coach DeVries for what he has built and what his teams have accomplished.”
The son of Warren Quail, who coached basketball at Sioux Valley, Milbank and Emery, Adam began his coaching career while he was still in college, working as an assistant coach under Dr. Jarod Larson at Deubrook in 2011-12. After taking a year off to complete his student teaching requirements, Quail joined Lee Taylor’s staff at Roosevelt, where he helped the Rider boys to a state championship in 2013-14.
Two years ago, Quail joined David Maxwell’s staff as an assistant for the RHS girls team.
“I am extremely excited for coach Quail,” Maxwell said. “He has been an invaluable asset to Roosevelt High School as both a teacher and coach. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with him for the past two seasons and know he is going to do an outstanding job at Lennox.”
Though the Orioles lose six seniors from this year’s team, a group which compiled a 22-3 record and finished runner-up in Class A, they do return a first team All-State selection in Madysen Vlastuin. The 6-foot guard averaged 16.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2016-17 as a freshman.
“To be able to step in and lead a team which finished runner-up this past year, along with the talent they have coming back, is extremely exciting,” Quail said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the team and getting in the gym.”
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