Huels ready for new challenge with Byron boys basketball

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) There is no offseason when you are a high school head coach. There is certainly no time off when you are taking over a new program. That's the case for one area coach making the move from the NIC-10 to the Big Northern Conference.

Matt Huels took over as the Byron boys basketball head coach after spending the last four years in charge of the Guilford girls program. He led the Vikings to 17 wins last season, the most since 1996.

Prior to leading Guilford, Huels was an assistant on the Vikes boys team from 2013 to 2015 and also spent some time as an assistant at Harlem.

Huels had a chance to work with his new team over the summer and believes his coaching style will translate just fine.

"I've always wanted to play fast, get the ball up the floor and shoot it and attack the basket," said Huels. "I don't think that's going to be any different between boys and girls."

"You just got to get in and got to figure out what we have in-house. I know we lost a lot of scoring, a lot of playing minutes graduated. But, they were very successful in the freshman and the sophomore level. So it's just kind of figuring out what they were successful at and building upon that with my own style."

Huels takes over for Tom Schmidt who stepped down in April. Schmidt won 223 games and three regional championships during his 11 years as head coach of the Tigers.