Hulwick makes quick move for Denver dream job

Denver head coach Lindsay Hulwick (right) with former player Anna Christenson.

Denver head coach Lindsay Hulwick (right) with former player Anna Christenson.

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PARRISH, Fla. – Lindsay Hulwick hasn’t yet passed the one-week mark as a head coach. Still, she’s already bonded with her team.

Hulwick, who spent seven years as an assistant coach at Denver before taking the assistant coaching job at Georgia this fall, has been in this game long enough to know that when an opportunity presents itself, it’s wise to take it.

After finding out Feb. 13 that she had the Denver head coaching job – a position left vacant when longtime coach Sammie Chergo resigned earlier this month – Hulwick flew back to Denver the next day to get reacquainted with her new players. She already has a relationship with all of the girls on the roster because she recruited each one. She has coached four of the five players who traveled to the Central District Invitational this week, Denver’s first spring start.

“I really wanted to make sure that I had met with them,” Hulwick said. After a team meeting and a short practice, Hulwick returned east with her team on Feb. 16.

In the frenzy of accepting the new job, Hulwick had time only to pack about eight boxes from her Georgia apartment and ship them along with her car. Her furniture remains.

As Hulwick left first-year head coach Josh Brewer at Georgia, the Bulldogs earned their first win of the season Feb. 17 at the Seminole Match Up. It was bittersweet for Hulwick, but the Denver opportunity felt right.

“It’s always been my dream to be a head coach, and for it to be at DU couldn’t have been more perfect,” Hulwick said. “I learned so much from Sammie the last seven years at DU, and then the eight months at Georgia, I can really say that I’m ready to be a head coach.”

To Hulwick, it’s like she never left – except for that apartment she still owns in Athens. A few months of extra rent seems a small price to pay for a dream job.

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