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Brandon Valley assistant named Spearfish boys basketball coach

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Benjamin Schultz


Ben Schultz has been hired as the next head coach of the Spearfish High School boys basketball team, activities director Stephanie Ornelas announced Tuesday morning.

Schultz, who grew up in Brandon and was a First-Team All-State selection his senior year, most recently served as an assistant coach for the Brandon Valley High School boys and girls teams, and has worked with the city's youth program for several years.

“We are excited to have Coach Schultz as our next leader for the Spartan boys’ basketball program," Ornelas said in a statement. "Coach Schultz will establish his pillars of success, build a culture of winning and team respect.”

Schultz ran track at North Dakota Sate and majored in elementary education. He takes over the Spartans after Erik Skoglund resigned in March after his second five-year stint.

Spartans name new volleyball coach

Ornelas also announced the hiring of Shelbie Budmayr as its next volleyball head coach Tuesday.

Budmayr, a 2013 Belle Fourche graduate, was promoted from her role as freshman volleyball coach, where she served for three years. She previously coached the freshman team at Harrisburg.

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Belle Fourche's Nicole Kling (16), Shelbie Budmayr (14) and Maclyn Hauck (19) celebrate after clinching the District 16A Championship title against St. Thomas More on Nov. 5, 2012 in Belle Fourche. 

“We are excited to have a local athlete lead our Spartan volleyball program," Ornelas said. "Coach Budmayr emerged as our top choice through her passion and knowledge of the game”

Budmayr was a First-Team All-Tournament selection after helping lead the Broncs to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament in 2012. She went on to play volleyball at Lakes Community College and later Dakota Wesleyan University.

She graduated with a degree in special education, and currently serves as behavior intervention teacher at Spearfish Middle School. She takes over the volleyball team for Christine Skoglund, who led the Spartans for three seasons.

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