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DAYTON — As the Tongue River Lady Eagles basketball team prepares for the 2A state tournament this weekend in Casper, coach Dianne Moser took some time to talk about herself and her philosophies.
How long have you been a women’s basketball coach?
Moser: I have been in coaching for 40 years.
How long have you coached at Tongue River?
Moser: All of my years of coaching have been at Tongue River High School. My first and only job was at TRHS. I taught high school physical education and junior high social studies. My first coaching assignment was volleyball, basketball and track.
How would you describe your style of coaching?
Moser: I’m a teacher first and I think one of my strengths is teaching the fundamentals of the game.
What is your favorite thing about coaching?
Moser: My favorite thing about coaching is sharing my passion for the game with my athletes. Watching them grow and develop as athletes and young ladies is extremely rewarding for me.
What is your biggest pet peeve as a coach?
I don’t really have one.
Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
I never wear the school colors of the team we are playing. I also have certain outfits that are a little luckier than others.
Who do you admire most in terms of basketball role models?
I would have to say a role model of mine would be Pat Summit. I’m a huge Tennessee Lady Vols fan. I also have a great deal of respect for Coach K, the men’s basketball coach from Duke.
What advice do you give your players who want to move on to the next level?
I tell them to follow their dreams and go for it. With passion and hard work anything is possible.