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Biz Huss, a William Kelley High School graduate, has returned to her hometown to coach hockey. She joins head coach Bruce Carman as the assistant coach for the Mariner’s hockey team. Photo by Ken Vogel.

Homecoming for Huss

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Ken Vogel

The William Kelly High School in Silver Bay has added several new faces to their coaching staff. Most recently, Biz Huss was appointed assistant coach to the girl’s hockey team. Huss played left-wing for the Mariners until graduating in 2009.

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After graduating from WKS, Huss attended Bethel University in the Twin Cities where she earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education for K-12. Huss also played hockey for Bethel as a forwar. She returned to the North Shore after graduating and was employed by Lake County this past summer as a laborer and mower. She started this fall as a paraprofessional for the school district in Silver Bay.

“I just love this place. The lake makes me feel comfortable, settled and relaxed,” she said.

“Coaching is a lot different than playing,” she said, explaining that while she was playing hockey in high school and in college, her focus went into playing the game.

“Now, I have to use my experience to teach it to others,” she said.

Huss feels right at home with her new career – she stayed in touch with coaches and teachers during visits home from college and will now be working with them.

“I wasn’t ready to move away from hockey and this keeps me involved, she said.

In late September Bruce Carman from Lutsen was named as the head coach for the team. Carman has two daughters on the team: senior Anna and sophomore Sarah. Carman has served as an assistant coach and also as a youth coach in the past. He said the biggest challenge of his coaching career has been to make sure the students become better citizens and better leaders, while also remembering the importance of their education.

“If I can teach these fundamentals and the kids still have fun playing, then I will have done my job,” he said.

There will also be a new head coach for the Silver Bay varsity baseball team. Ward Wallin has accepted the position for this coming spring. Wallin’s coaching resume includes St. Louis Park High School, St. Cloud Tech High School and American Legion Baseball. He has also coached the Silver Bay Junior League team and Little League teams.

“I am a baseball nut,” Wallin said. “I have always had a love for the game and can’t wait to teach what I’ve learned over the years.”

The team is still seeking a junior varsity coach

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