New Lady Braves hoop coach plans fun and fundamentals


November 30, 2022

Joe Harper

Succeeding a Hall of Fame coach is a tall order, but fortunately for the La Conner High School girls' basketball program new mentor Joe Harper stands 6'-5".

He takes over from Scott Novak, who guided teams to multiple state tournament appearances and trophy finishes during three decades. For much of his tenure here he coached the Braves and Lady Braves simultaneously.

Novak, a 2015 state coaches Hall of Fame inductee, remains on the faculty. His longtime protégé and coaching assistant, Dustin Swanson, has moved on to lead the 3A Stanwood High School girls' team.

Harper and his assistants...

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