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Chris Ask joins Hilltoppers Staff

Posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 by Written by Craig Otto, La Crosse Tribune

Chris Ask, a four-year player at the UW-La Crosse and among the career statistical leaders in several categories for UW-L, will serve as the top assistant on the staff of new Onalaska High School boys basketball coach Craig Kowal.

Ask works full-time for Noelke Distributors, the same company that employs Joe Meehan, a former longtime program summer coach.

Ask, UW-L’s career leader in steals, also ranks second in career blocks, third in career free-throw percentage, 10th in career assists, and among the top 20 in scoring, fields goals made and 3-pointers made at UW-L.

Ask was a first-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in his senior season for UW-L in 2006-07.

“We’re going to be running a lot of the same stuff UW-L runs, so he has a lot of familiarity with that,” Kowal said. “Some of that may be hard to assimilate in practice for the first time, so he’d also be great to hop in and be a practice player if we’d need him to be.”

UW-L is coached by 1986 Onalaska graduate Kenny Koelbl.

“He’s a new face, but a lot of our kids have gone to UW-L camps, so there will be a recognition factor there for our players, too,” Kowal said of Ask. “He’ll also bring plenty of youthful enthusiasm to our program.”

Kowal said he doesn’t anticipate Ask taking a specific role within the program. For example, John Shelton coached the offense, while Bill Riberich coached the defense during Shelton’s tenure. Bob Wetzsteon was primarily responsible for defense, while Dick Palm was responsible for substitutions during the tenure of Daren Simms.

“He’ll definitely be in charge of some of our shooting drills,” Kowal said. “With some of the different sets we’ll run that UW-L also runs, he’ll likely have a better understanding of some of those things. We’ll see if his role expands as the season progresses.”

This article appeared in the La Crosse Tribune on Thursday November 6th, 2008 and was written by Craig Otto.

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