He is eager to continue recent pattern of Rob Adams’ success

  LYNDEN ­— The Lynden girls basketball program has found a new head coach. Aaron Bogaard will be at the helm starting next season, taking over for Rob Adams, who resigned in March after his team won another state title. 

  Bogaard served as an assistant on Adams’ coaching staff for the last five years.

  “Rob has done a great job with the program and has it at an all-time high right now,” Bogaard said. “I think Lynden girls basketball is probably one of the top jobs in the state, especially for 2A. He’s definitely put the program on the map.”

  The coaching staff was aware heading into this past season it was going to be Adams’ last, so Bogaard knew the opportunity to become head coach would be out there.

  “I got into coaching about nine years ago and I knew right away being a head coach was something I was interested in,” Bogaard said. “I assisted for awhile and was really enjoying that and was just waiting for the right opportunity to come about and I knew this was going to be Rob’s year, so I was just trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.”

  The process for Bogaard started in April with a couple of interviews with Lynden athletic director Mike Mc-Kee.

  “He talked with me and my wife and just laid everything out and we just went from there,” Bogaard said.

  The first step out of the gate is filling out his coaching staff. Bogaard said assistants Helen Newcomb and Ryan Dykstra plan on coming back, but that he’s not in a particular hurry to fill the rest of the slots because of the uncertainty created by the coronavirus.

  “Unfortunately, with COVID going on right now,” he said, “it’s hard to do anything and who knows what will happen with summer activities? So I’m not in a super rush to bring somebody on board because we probably won’t have much going on this summer.”

  But heading into next season, Bogaard said, he’s excited to start building a team and seeing what they’re capable of. 

  Overall, the Lions are going to be a bit on the younger side, with just a handful of seniors returning with varsity and playoff experience. 

  “We’ve got a great group of girls coming back,” Bogaard said. “I’m excited to get to work with them again and we have an incoming freshman class that’s very large and has some skilled and talented players.”

  Bogaard said it’s an honor to be associated with athletics at Lynden High School with its storied tradition and success.

  He said he’s excited for the opportunity to coach the girls program coming off a state championship season. 

  “I’ve just been chomping at the bit to have my own opportunity to lead a program,” Bogaard said. “I’m just excited to get in the gym, work hard and see what we can do.”