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Women’s College Basketball: Steaming a game-changer for Voigt in recruiting

Brian Voigt talks about recruiting during the lost 2020-21 season.

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Brian Voigt.

Central Lakes College Raiders women’s basketball head coach Brian Voigt finds himself streaming three high school girls basketball games at once most nights.

Due to limited fan attendance, most high schools are not allowing many fans per state guidelines. Because of this, schools have had to find a way to stream their games for fans, students and of course college coaches.

Voigt said he tries to get to some games to meet with players, but having the option to sit in his office and watch multiple games at a time is nice.

“It’s changed the game from the recruiting aspect,” Voigt said. “Every high school has had to find a way to stream games. I find myself with a computer screen with one game, an Ipad with another and my phone with a third game which is definitely new. There is definitely a lot of talent out there in Minnesota when it comes to women’s basketball and now it’s just finding the right fit when it comes to CLC.”

Voigt mentioned he usually reaches out to recruits after he watches a stream, but still thinks there is nothing like being at a game in person.

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“It's nice to go out and see the excitement of sports being played again,” Voigt said. “It’s helping the young ladies to not take sports for granted and realizing when they lost it how much they enjoyed it.”

Losing the 2020-21 basketball season was a tough pill to swallow for Voigt and his team.

“It was understood, but disappointing,” he said. “In the fall, we have been able to have open labs and students can get some shots up and workouts in since there is no practice. It stinks, but we are working through it and going day-by-day and week-by-week in building towards next year.”

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The 2019-20 Raiders were a young team with six freshmen. Voigt said most of those freshmen will graduate in 2021, so he won’t get them back for the 2021-22 season.

“Definitely devastating to lose it because some of them are graduating due to their academic goals,” Voigt said. “But it’s exciting to see that third-year of development. I’ve seen it on the baseball side and now the basketball side of getting them in the prime. They are getting that maturity of what goes into college athletics.”

It makes a big difference in leadership having those third-year players since Voigt can’t be with the team right now.

“It can lead to a lot of good things and make seasons a lot more enjoyable for the players and we can relax a little bit as coaches and enjoy our time with student-athletes,” he said.

For this season that got canceled, Voigt said he had four incoming freshmen, along with a few recruits who did not enroll in CLC and took a gap year once it became unlikely a season would be played.

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“Hopefully some of them will be joining us next fall,” Voigt said. “Some didn’t want to start until January and then when the season didn’t start they just were going to wait for next year.”

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