KIRTLAND — Kirtland Central has named its new girls' basketball coach.

Lindsay DeVries will take over the team for the 2014-2015 season.

DeVries, a 2001 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, has spent the last three years as head coach at Onamia High School in Onamia, Minn.

KCHS athletic director Kevin Graham said DeVries' enthusiasm and experience made her an ideal candidate for the Lady Broncos.

"She played and coached in college, and we just loved her excitement for the game," Graham said. "She just impressed everybody on the committee."

Prior to her head coaching experience in Minnesota, DeVries served as an assistant at Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., Tacoma Community College in Washington and University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

KCHS will be a jump up in terms of competition compared to Onamia, which competes in Minnesota's Class A, but DeVries said she is looking forward to that challenge.

"I know it has a great tradition for being a program that wins state titles," she said of the Lady Broncos. "I'm definitely excited to get to be with a basketball crowd."

This year was difficult for the KCHS program after losing head coach Kevin Holman midseason.

Holman died on Jan. 22 after a battle with cancer, and Rochelle Curry took over the position for the remainder of the season.

Curry led the Lady Broncos to a District 1-4A tournament title and a 4A state tournament appearance.

Graham acknowledged this would be a difficult position for anyone to come in to, but believes the school found the right person in DeVries.

"It's going to be tough. Coach Holman did so much for the community here," Graham said.

DeVries said she plans on meeting with the team for the first time on June 10 and has been exchanging emails with some of the players in an effort to get to know them.

She said in regards to her coaching style that she favors a fast-paced game both on offense and defense.

"I like to run and gun more. With the right group, we'll push the ball and take advantage of that defensively," DeVries said. "We like to create chaos, and be all over. I'm just excited to get everything started. We'll be working hard."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.