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Joining the students and teachers new to Orono Schools this fall will be new head coaches for the Orono High School girls’ basketball team and the girls’ hockey team. Ryan Martin will lead the girls’ basketball team and Sean Fish the girls’ hockey team.
“We are excited about both hires,” said Bucky Mieras, Orono High School activities director. “For each job, we interviewed a strong pool of candidates. Both of these coaches are ready and eager to build on the strong programs we currently enjoy,” he added. “They will do a great job coaching our students.”
Martin is currently the girls’ basketball program director at 43 Hoops Basketball Academy in Hopkins. He has previous experience at the college level as an assistant coach of both the women’s basketball program at North Dakota State University and the men’s program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He has also coached at the high school level: as the head boys’ coach at Minnetonka High School and the assistant girls’ coach at Eden Prairie High School.
“Ryan is a fundamentals-based coach,” Mieras said, “with a particular strength in player development. He will get the most out of the team immediately.” Mieras also noted Martin’s interest in working with younger players to build the future of the girls’ basketball program.
Martin has a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Wichita State University and is nearing completion on a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Missouri.
Fish is currently co-head coach of St. Michael-Albertville High School boys’ hockey team. This year the team made it to the state championship for the first time in 43 years. He is also the head coach of High Performance 15 and head scout for the Minnesota Wilderness.
In addition to playing at all levels and serving as a captain of those teams, Fish “has a passion for the game and wants to embrace the coaching/teaching role of the position,” Mieras said. “The strength that shined through in his interview was his ability to communicate with students,” he added. “Coach Fish will be assembling a strong coaching staff to complement his vision for Orono Girls’ Hockey.”
Fish has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has been named one of the school’s top 25 all-time leading scorers in hockey.