GOTHENBURG, Neb. (KNOP) - Kassie Schuett is taking over as the Gothenburg head girls' basketball coach. Schuett is replacing Brent Streeter, who retired from coaching, and has spent the last six years coaching at Maxwell; serving as an assistant for three years, and head coach the last three.
Kassie Schuett talks to the Maxwell team during a timeout earlier in the 2019-20 season. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
"Maxwell has been my home for so long," said Schuett, who graduated from the high school in 2011, "it was a tough decision, it really was. The special education position seemed like a perfect fit. [Mroczek] had a lot of great things to say about the coaching staff that are currently on staff. so it makes it a lot easier when you're going into a program that has a couple great assistants already."
Gothenburg Activities Director Marc Mroczek was able to see Schuett coached first-hand this season, as Gothenburg hosted the Wildcats' sub-district game this season.
"She's a competitor, she wants girls to run through a brick wall for her, and they will, you know they'll just play hard. She puts them on the court, and they play 110% at all times," Mroczek said.
Mroczek also coached against Schuett when she was in high school, and he was a coach at Chase County.
"She was a very good all-around athlete, let alone basketball player, so I remember her from those days. She has that mentality, that she doesn't want to shy away from competition," Mroczek said.
The decision was difficult to leave Maxwell, but Schuett is excited for a new chapter in her life.
"I'm excited for the new journey, to meet new people, to have new co-workers, new girls that I would have never met had I not jumped on this and joined in. I'm excited just to get the ball rolling and get out of this stay at home stuff, so that we can actually meet and get going with summer stuff," Schuett said.
Schuett was able to meet some of her new players this week in a zoom meeting, but she also had to let her Maxwell players she was leaving, which was difficult to do.
"It was tough, some of them took it well, some of them didn't take it the best, but I think they were supportive all-around, and I'll always support them and watch them from afar," Schuett said.
"She's just an overall great fit. Her energy and passion were really showcased through the interview process, and just developing positive relationships was key. We are very happy to have her on board here at Gothenburg," Mroczek said.