Rangers basketball gets a new look
The Estacada High basketball programs got an overhaul over the off-season with new head coaches to both the boys and girls programs.
Kyle Gilstad, a 2004 Estacada High graduate, takes the helm of the boys team after spending the past six seasons in the girls program at Colton High School. The Vikings finished 9-16 at the 2A level last season — one of those wins coming 50-30 over Estacada.
"I left Colton and two weeks later this job at Estacada opened up — it was perfect timing," Gilstad said.
Gilstad has coached in the Estacada system in the past, leading the freshman (2010) and jayvee (2011) teams.
"It's nice to be back, getting things started up and getting some new kids out," Gilstad said.
He was hired in time to lead the team's summer program, which has included open gyms and skill development sessions several days a week through June and July.
"It's definitely been nice to get to know the kids and build those relationships," Gilstad said. "This summer I've taken the role of a facilitator, giving kids the opportunity to get into the gym."
When the season rolls around in November, Gilstad hopes to instill strong defensive play in his team.
"I like to be aggressive and pressure the other team," Gilstad said. "We'll throw them a lot of different looks and look to get out and run."
Gilstad is a teacher at Rivermill Elementary.
The girls program is headed up by Taya Hartless, who is a former junior varsity coach at Estacada. She has spent her most recent seasons as the youth girls basketball coordinator in Southeast Portland and as a jayvee coach at Franklin High in the Quakers program led by former Estacada girls coach Jesse Kirkpatrick.
This story is slated for our Aug. 8, print edition.
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