Kelli Wedin replaces Ruble in La Salle girls hoops


The former standout athlete says the Falcons will get up and down the floor

by: PHOTO BY JOHN DENNY - La Salle Coach Kelli WedinKelli Wedin has taken the helm as head coach of La Salle Prep's girls basketball program.

Wedin, 40, was a standout athlete as a youth, and she's an experienced coach in the youth basketball circles.

She coached sports at Roosevelt and Benson high school before taking a break to raise a family. She's coached her daughters Taycee and Addi in recreational, Classic and AAU basketball for the past seven season, and two years ago she coached La Salle's jayvee girls team to a 21-3 record.

'It's nice to be back,' said Wedin, who coached a number of next year's varsity players when they played on her jayvee team. 'I missed it. It was an easy decision [to return to head up La Salle's program].'

Kelli (Dufficy) Wedin is a 1990 graduate of Franklin High School, where she was the PIL MVP while playing guard for the Quakers' girls basketball team her senior year. She also played on a soccer team that made the final four in the state playoffs, played catcher and first base for the Quakers in softball, and played on a Franklin doubles tennis team that qualified for state.

She started for the University of Portland in basketball as a freshman, and she went on to play for the University of Nevada on scholarship. Her junior year at Nevada she was second in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage.

Wedin has named some of her La Salle coaching staff - Kevin Goodman, varsity assistant; Mike Pomerenke, program assistant; and Randy Rice, jayvee coach.

Rice, a counselor at La Salle, was varsity assistant two years ago and last year he was varsity assistant to Kevin Ruble, when Ruble had to leave the program because of medical issues.

Pomerenke assisted in Oregon City's girls program last year and he is a former head coach at Putnam; Goodman coached with Wedin in AAU basketball.

'We're going to play fast,' said Wedin. 'That's my philosophy as a coach - to get our kids playing as fast as their ability allows.'

'I want our girls to get to [the state tournament at] Gil Coliseum this year, and every year,' Wedin said.