Nuest named next head coach for Owl girls basketball

Chad Nuest was approved as the next head coach for the Hancock girls basketball program that won the Class A State Championship this past winter. He takes over for Tony Thielke, who resigned after leading the Owls to a 30-1 record, a Pheasant Conference and Section 6A championship in 2022 while closing out his coaching career as Class A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

“I am thankful to have been a part of the Hancock Girls program for the past several years. I know the program is in great hands and Chad Nuest will do a fantastic job,” former coach Tony Thielke said in a comment to the Stevens County Times. “I also want to thank the girls who I have had the opportunity to coach. Thank you for your hard work, dedication to the program, and all of the memories! Go Owls!”

Nuest is eager to begin his head coaching career with the Owls.

“This is such a unique situation to take over a program that just won a state championship,” Nuest said. “We are going to continue building upon the program that Coach Thielke built.”

Nuest has been coaching youth basketball in Hancock for years and has experience coaching this group back when they were in fifth and sixth grade and more recently, with the Midwest Magic AAU program.

“I am so excited for this wonderful opportunity to work with this group of girls. I started coaching them when they were fifth and sixth graders and have continued to work with them each summer through our AAU program. They are so eager to learn and willing to put in the extra time to be the best players and team that they can be,” Nuest said. “We had three terrific seniors graduate and they left such a wonderful legacy on our girls program. You don’t replace girls like them but we will work our hardest to be the best team we can be each and every game. Go Owls!”