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First-time Wave bench boss off to winning start

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IN THE THICK OF IT — Former Wilton High player Katie Lauten (middle) is back in the FCIAC and running the show for the Wave. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

First-year Wave coach Katie Lauten’s been around

From playing basketball for Wilton High, and in college, to assistant coaching in the FCIAC, Lauten has come prepared for her new job. And it shows, as the Wave enters the year with a winning 4-3 mark.

Wave girls basketball’s Lauten was New Canaan JV coach last season, and for three seasons before that, she was freshman coach at Staples.

“I’ve been around, climbing the ladder and learning from a lot of great coaches,” said Lauten, 28. “And the Darien job came up and I had to go for it. It seems to be working out; I think the girls are buying into it, so that’s good.”

And is it still just as fun in taking on the added responsibility of running the whole show?

Lauten laughed knowingly and said: “It has its moments.”

People question her, inevitably as new coach, and she questions herself. But she’s also had most of the answers so far, teaching DHS a solid defensive scheme.

“I wanted to make it known from the start, that if they are on the court, then they are ready to work,” Lauten said, adding that any transition at the bench would take lots of work, all around. “They are seeing now that all the hard work they put out in practice is paying off.”

Lauten grew up in Wilton (Wilton High Class of 2002), playing soccer as well as basketball, the latter her main sport. She went on to play at Manhattanville College. And there she picked up lacrosse as well.

She graduated in 2006 and then stayed on to do her Masters Degree in 2007.

“I did a really intense year, getting my degree in Early Childhood Education,” said Lauten who teaches preschool at St. Marks Nursery School in New Canaan.

Besides staying in basketball, what does Lauten best like about her new vocation behind the bench, and out in front of the local girls’ hoops program?

“It’s fun to be able to teach everything that I learned, and to now, kind of put my own spin on it,” she said. “And to help the girls build a love of the sport as much as I love it.

“And show them, it’s more than just basketball.

“It’s building a team. And now as a head coach, I can make it my own.”

And the girls?

“I couldn’t be happier right now than with this group.”

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