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Ex-Bulldog coaching at Pitman
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Kristen McClure graduated from Ceres High in 2007. A multi-sport standout with the Bulldogs, McClure continued her basketball and track and field careers with Modesto Junior College.

This year, McClure entered the coaching ranks at the high-school level. She's directing Pitman's freshman girls hoops team.

The upset-minded Pride lost 31-21 to Central Valley in non-conference play on Dec. 16 in Ceres.

"I definitely miss playing," McClure said.

The Pride led 17-16 at the break against the Hawks. Pitman was outscored 15-4 after intermission, including 6-0 in the third period.

The Pride dropped to 0-5 on the year.

The Hawks won their first nine games of the season.

"For Central Valley being an unbeaten team, we could have got blown out of the water," McClure said. "The first half, we played amazing. We didn't look like the same team in the second half. Knowing we were close to them, we got a little too excited."

Kristen played varsity basketball for three seasons for the Bulldogs. She was named to the Valley Oak League first team after averaging 15.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a senior.

McClure also suited up for Modesto JC. McClure returned from a serious knee injury and averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals her sophomore year.

Kristen qualified for state track and field championships in college and high school.

She coached with the Ceres Hoopsters youth program for the first time last year.

"Coaching is a whole different side to basketball," McClure said. "I love teaching the girls what I learned from (former Ceres High girls hoops leaders) Shawna Nunes and Phil de la Porte. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be."