ThunderRidge names Matt Asik girls basketball coach

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ThunderRidge has hired Matt Asik as its next girls basketball coach. (Kai Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Matt Asik has been hired as the head girls basketball coach at ThunderRidge, Grizzlies athletic director Sean Patterson said on Sunday.

Asik was an assistant with ThunderRidge's program for the past few years, and is also the head junior varsity softball coach and a math teacher at the school.

Matt Asik. (Courtesy of ThunderRidge HS)

Matt Asik. (Courtesy of ThunderRidge HS)

Asik will be the Grizzlies' third coach in four seasons. He takes over for Paula Krueger, who left in June to become an assistant at her alma mater, Northern State.

Krueger was the coach for two seasons; she took over for Bill Bradley, who led a highly successful 10-year run at the school from 2003-13 which saw ThunderRidge win Class 5A titles in 2004 and 2005. Bradley coached in Tennessee from 2014-15, and was hired in June as the head coach at Monarch.

Asik was an assistant under Bradley and Krueger.

ThunderRidge figures to be a contender for the 5A crown next season. The Grizzlies return their two leading scorers in 2015-16 in seniors Taylor Rusk (14.0 points) and Jaz'myne Snipes (11.9 points). Rusk was a first-team all-state pick in 5A last season.