If you are a big Kelly Faris fan, you likely know she is the daughter of a demanding coach. Her father, Bob, coached Kelly as a young girl and instilled many of the fundamentals that have served her well during her fabulous career.
Well, if all goes well, the Huskies will have another “Faris” when Phoenix guard Courtney Ekmark arrives in 2013-14. Her father, Curtis, has been voted WBCA high school coach of the year at St. Mary’s and will work on the sidelines in the WBCA All-State game at the Women’s Final Four.
Not only that, Ekmark will coach the Purple team, which will feature Saniya Chong, UConn’s only recruit for next season – and his daughter’s future backcourt mate with the Huskies.
Ekmark guided St. Mary’s to a 29-1 overall record and its third Arizona Interscholastic Association state championship. The Knights are ranked third in the USA Today High School Sports Super 25 Poll. St. Mary’s averaged 65.4 points per game, while holding their opponents to 31.9.
During his six years at St. Mary’s, Ekmark is 154-21 record, including 30-0 last season, during the Knights won the 5A-1 state championship. St. Mary’s earned its fifth state championship the previous season, as the Knights finished 28-2 on the year.