by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Karlee Anderson, former Bemidji State captain, is the new girls basketball coach for the Rogers Royals.
Anderson, 25, was hired on Monday, announced RHS principal Roman Pierskalla. She will teach Biology.
“We think Karlee will do real well with our girls team,” said Pierskalla, who was principal at Rockford High School when his new coach was a high-scoring guard there.
“When I saw Rogers had an opening for Biology, I knew this was a great opportunity for me,” said Anderson, who has been teaching and coaching at Maple Lake for three years. “I know Rogers has a good program and they went to state a couple years ago. I’m real excited to coach them.”
She was Karlee Simonson when she scored about 1,700 career points for the Rockford Rockets, then became a four-year starter at guard for Bemidji State, and captain her last year.
Anderson will be the third head coach at Rogers, which has gone to state three times in its nine year history, twice under Lamar Detert and once under Jeremy Digiovanni. She succeeds Digiovanni, who resigned after four seasons.
This will be Anderson’s first head coaching position. She has been coaching junior high basketball and softball at Maple Lake.