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It's been a busy wave of new coaching hires at West Allis Central; the school already announced new head coaches in football (Ray Hubbard) and wrestling (Eric Vis).

The girls basketball team will also have a new face on the sideline this winter with the announcement of Christine Hansen as new head coach.

A longtime youth basketball coach and previous head coach at Lake Country Lutheran, Hansen has spent time on staff at Lake Country Lutheran, Brookfield Academy, Waukesha West and Waukesha North.

The 44-year-old attorney at the Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel's Office replaces Lou Chapman in the position.

Hansen knows an uphill battle awaits her. Central last had a winning season in 2010-11, with future WNBA draft pick Mehryn Kraker on the team

The Bulldogs have won just 20 games in the past five years and graduate 1,000-point scorer Nikita Conroy from last year's team.

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"We have a good core; all the other kids are hopefully coming back, and a couple are coming back from injuries," Hansen said. "The biggest draw for me is in terms of the program as a whole. I came out originally out of a youth program; that's where I started coaching back in 2005, and so I'd really like us to get to a point where we have sustained tradition of excellence at West Allis Central, and it starts at the youth program. So that was a draw to me, how to build a larger community.

"The high school, the alumni and the youth program. I look at working with all the stakeholders to get a vibrant youth program going to help support the high school. They had a lot more balanced scoring then (in the last winning season), and that's something we'd like to build and maintain from year to year. A strong youth program and larger sense of community can help make that happen."

Hansen served as head girls coach at Brookfield Academy for one year and Lake Country Lutheran for three years, where she won a conference title in 2013-14 and led her team to a 63-11 record over the three seasons, including back-to-back seasons of 21-3.

She resigned from that post in 2014 to focus on her family and career, but after a year out of coaching entirely, she spent one year as a varsity assistant at Waukesha North and received a call from West Allis Central athletics director Chip MacKenzie to gauge her interest in the WAC position.

Noting that the Bulldogs will struggle in the height department, Hansen said her affinity for transition basketball will likely come into play.

"I like to get up and down," she said. "Our teams will be exciting to watch."

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