ThunderRidge names Samantha Martin its new girls basketball coach

Valor Christian ThunderRidge girls basketball

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ThunderRidge has named Samantha Martin its new girls basketball coach, promoting the former assistant to take over its program.

Martin, a 2010 graduate of Chaparral, is a social studies teacher at ThunderRidge, and was an assistant coach for the girls basketball team the past two seasons.

She played college basketball at Colorado State from 2010-14, earning all-conference honors and serving as team captain. Martin played professionally in Switzerland after she graduated.

"She is incredibly passionate about building relationships and implementing a mindset that creates competitiveness and growth," said ThunderRidge athletic director Sean Patterson.

Martin takes over for Matt Asik, who resigned after this past season. Asik went 44-33 in three seasons, and led the Grizzlies to the Class 5A championship in 2015-16.