Curt Softley has been named as the new coach for the North Platte High School girls' basketball team.Softley was previously the coach of the Columbus Lakeview girls team. Next year, he will teach business at North Platte High, as well as coach.
Softley is familiar with western Nebraska. He is a 2008 graduate of Perkins County High School, where he competed in football, basketball and track. In basketball, he helped lead the Plainsmen to state tournament appearances in his junior and senior seasons.
Perkins County also won the South Platte Valley Association basketball tournament in his sophomore and junior years.
"Curt’s energy and passion for the sport of basketball will be a big asset to our coaching staff at NPHS," North Platte activities director Marc Mroczek said. "He has a great vision for the program and he will do what is best for our student-athletes and youth programs."
Softley replaces Mark Woodhead, who coached the Lady Bulldogs for 15 seasons. Woodhead started in the fall of 2002, taking over the reins of a team that won just three games the previous season.
Under Woodhead, North Platte's program roared back. He had numerous winning seasons, including state tournament appearances in his second season and again in 2009.
He coached the Lady Dawgs to back-to-back GNAC tournament championships in 2004 and 2005.
Last season, however, North Platte went just 1-24.