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Chinook's New Coach Hopes to Continue Robinson's Winning Legacy

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It's never easy to take over for a legendary coach and they don't get any more legendary than Charlie Robinson, who won 869 games in his 40 years before he passed away last summer. But that's the task Mollie Rose signed up for when she was named as the new head coach of the Chinook girl's basketball team

"It's big shoes to fill," says Chinook girl's basketball head coach Mollie Rose. "Not only was Charlie a great basketball coach but he was also a great person and I hope to inspire someday to be somewhat like him. But it's definitely big shoes to fill."

Just last season Robinson led the Sugarbeeters to a 20-1 record before bowing out in the Divisional tournament. So far this season Chinook is off to a 3-1 start, so it appears the 'Beeters are picking up where they left off.

"I hope to have the success that they had last year," says Rose. "I think these girls can do it. They are young but they're very quick and talented. And I think they'll be very successful."

Rose played basketball at Geraldine High School and volleyball on the collegiate level at Rocky Mountain College. She's coached volleyball at Chinook for two years. Her work ethic as an athlete transitions into her job as a coach as she tries to balance the duties of managing the team and studying for her tests at MSU-Northern. Rose is double-majoring in Elementary Education and Health & Physical Education.

"I don't even know if she does her school work half the time because she's making plays for us," says Chinook Senior Hannah Weber. "She just puts her all into it."

"Often times, I happen to put my studies aside to coach and draw up plays and think of new things," says Rose. "I really enjoy coaching lot more than school."

For now, Rose is trying to balance both and forge her own path at Chinook. But if she ever needs an example to follow the one the man she replaced left behind would be a great place to start.

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