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Published January 04, 2010, 10:12 AM

Led by a lady

Ulen-Hitterdal, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The old boy’s network doesn't seem to have much pull in the Ulen-Hitterdal basketball world, and that's a good thing. Just ask the boys basketball players. The Spartans are led by a lady.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

There's nothing unusual about the Ulen-Hitterdal boys basketball team, until you get to the end of the bench. But Kelly Anderson says there's nothing unusual about her coaching boys. This is the game she loves.

“Coaching is in my blood, basketball is my passion. I want to teach the kids to love the game and enjoy it like I do.”

Her players didn't need a long adjustment period. Anderson was an assistant coach with the Spartans last year, and when the head job opened up, the guys figured she was a natural choice.

“Everyone seemed to be OK with it. We worked with her in the summer, she's pretty intense.”

“She knew this team; she knew all of us, fairly easy turnover.”

The turnover for the team has been easy. It's been hard for everybody else!

“She came in last year as an assistant coach, wondering where your cheerleaders are. They thought she was the cheerleaders coach.”

“Officials normally say ‘where's your head coach?’ Ask my assistants where's your coach? Usually I don't correct them until they shake my hand before the game.”

Anderson's team has turned it around after a slow start winning two of its last three games and she hopes with her success, she'll see more women coaching boys.

“I hope the glass ceiling has been broken, and it's becomes more common, whether it's boys or girls, you're still coaching basketball.”

Something that Anderson is a natural at, no matter who she coaches.