by Bob San
For former Osseo High girls’ basketball coach Joey Waters, the only reason she decided to leave Osseo is because she found the perfect opportunity.
Waters decided to accept an assistant coaching job at her alma mater, the Minnesota State University at Moorhead, after four years at Osseo. Waters said she truly enjoyed her tenure coaching at one of the best high school programs in the state.
“The last few years have been a phenomenal experience with some amazing kids,” Waters said. “This program is different than any other. It has a really strong tradition. Kids want to come back to play. It’s easy for me to walk in and grow from what they have started already. The tradition is really helpful. It’s fun. I am going to miss the coaches and the kids the most.”
In her four seasons at Osseo, the Orioles won 20 or more games each year, captured two conference championships and won one section title in 2012 to go to the state tournament and finished second in the state behind Hopkins. She left with no regrets.
“You want to make the state tournament and win a state championship but you can’t do much better than what we did this year,” Waters said. “We had an amazing run.”
Waters always has listed coaching in college as her career goal, but she wasn’t looking to leave Osseo. But when the Moorhead job opened up, she could not pass it up.
“I could have stayed here another 10 years if I wasn’t looking to coach at the college level,” she said. “That’s what I have always wanted to do and this opportunity presented itself. I played at Moorhead, I finished my master’s degree there and the coach there was my coach. It’s an opportunity I can’t pass up. This just felt right. I was not going to leave just to leave. It has to be the right opportunity. Going back to Moorhead is the perfect opportunity.”
Waters is excited about her foray into the collegiate coaching level at Moorhead, but Osseo will always have a special place in her heart.
“I am always an Orioles. You can’t take that away,” Waters said.