Jill Brumbaugh's two years as head varsity girls basketball coach at her high school alma mater, Claysburg-Kimmel, comprised a learning experience for her.
"It was an opportunity to give back to my school and my community,'' Brumbaugh, a 1984 C-K graduate, said. "I learned quite a bit about how to come in as a coach and be prepared for practices and games. It was nice to be back in my hometown for awhile.''
Brumbaugh - who directed Claysburg to a cumulative 26-20 record and two District 6-A playoff berths in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons - plans to take the coaching knowledge that she picked up at Claysburg-Kimmel to her new assignment as head varsity girls basketball coach at Quaker Valley High School in suburban Pittsburgh.
Brumbaugh was recently hired at Quaker Valley, a Class AAA program that competes in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League [WPIAL]. The Quaker Valley girls team posted a 17-14 record last season under the direction of Jim Dudas, who resigned as the team's coach at the end of the campaign.
Employed as a health insurance broker, Brumbaugh thinks that the Quaker Valley coaching position is a perfect fit for her.
"This school is right up my alley - they value athletics, and they value academics,'' said Brumbaugh, pointing out that the 93 percent of Quaker Valley's high school students go on to college. "This opportunity came along, and when I interviewed, we [Brumbaugh and the school's athletic department] seemed to be aligned in our goals for a winning program.''
Brumbaugh served her two years as Claysburg's head coach after spending one season (2009-10) as a volunteer coach with the Lady Bulldogs. She was a four-year starting point guard for the perennial national powerhouse University of Connecticut women's basketball program back in the late 1980s.
Brumbaugh will have an excellent nucleus of height with which to work in her first year as coach at Quaker Valley.
"We'll have some height coming in - I'll be coaching three players who are six-feet [tall], and two of them will be freshmen,'' Brumbaugh said. "I think we'll be fine.''