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Allan Bertram: Success brings promotion

Allan Bertram: Success brings promotion

By Joseph Budd

Native Sun News Today Staff Writer

Allan Bertram, a 17 year coach with programs in Andes Central, Todd County and Chamberlain, had come to Central, hoping to help bring some stability to the Cobbler girls.

Two years later, and a 28-18 record at Rapid City Central, he would get the call to go coach in the College level at Mount Marty.

After 254 wins, helped found a program called Scared Hoops and two State Tournament berths,

Bertram would have glowing things to say regarding the program he’s leaving.

“It has been an honor to coach at Rapid City Central High School and the girls’ basketball program. Our girls have worked extremely hard the past two years and have completely turned the program around.” Bertram said in a statement. “I want to thank my assistant coaches, all the parents and especially the athletes that have been a part of the last two years. AD Jordan Bauer has been a great supporter of our program and his support and vision for the athletic programs truly enhanced our ability to do what we did.”

Athletic Director at Central Jordan Bauer would issue his own statement, “What coach Bertram has accomplished and how he has changed the culture of Cobbler girls’ basketball in just two seasons is simply amazing. We want to thank coach Bertram for his leadership, his attention to relationship building, and his complete buy-in to what we are working towards within Cobblers Athletics. We wish him the best of luck with the Lancers.”

The Sacred Hoops Program, an AAU program was founded with Bertram, in 2018 with Red Cloud Girls coach Matt Rama and White River athletic director and longtime boys coach Eldon Marshall. The program, which brings athletes from all over the region together to learn and hone the basic fundamentals, helps provide instruction and hopefully help young adults in two ways. Bertram would be quoted on the website, “I want to pass on the passion for the game of basketball. I truly feel that whether you’re young or old, my helping to build not only better athletes but better people is extremely important to me. At Sacred Hoops we want to provide an opportunity to anyone regardless of where you live, who you are or what your situation is.”

The efforts, have already started to pay off, as some athletes who played in the Sacred Hoops program, be it for Mount Marty or elsewhere in the region. Red Cloud Senior Allison Richards, who participated in the U17 All-Native Team, signed a letter of intent for Northeast Community College, Tobi Carlow from Lakota Tech, another member of the All Native squad signed a letter to play at Dickinson State, and Sharissa Haas, also of Red Cloud, will go to Northeast Community College, joining Richards.

Bertram, taking over the program at Mount Marty, will be a good one to watch going forward. Replacing Todd Schlimgen, served as head coach for 4 years, went 2-27 and 1-21 in the conference this season.

“Being a Lancer is an opportunity to help grow people through service and an opportunity to be part of an institution that values so many of the great values and morals that are needed to be the best version of yourself daily, “ Bertram said. I am excited to continue to provide so many regional women’s basketball player san opportunity to play the game they love while obtaining a great degree at such an amazing university.”

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