NORMAN — It took a few months longer than her classmates, but Norman High senior Taylor Ely finally has an official college destination.
The prolific scorer signed with Colorado State on Wednesday in a ceremony at NHS, and will attend the Mountain West school next year, where she will redshirt her freshman season.
In three years at NHS under coach Nichole Copeland, Ely led the team in scoring every year and posted 20.3 points per game last year while shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent at the free-throw line. She was named the Mid-State Conference offensive player of the year last season and was named to the all-state team.
At Colorado State, Ely will join a team that went 25-8 last season and advanced to the NIT.
“Taylor is a strong guard that can really shoot it,” CSU coach Ryun Williams said. “She has an incredible talent for putting the ball in the hoop, and her range is exceptional.”
Coaching vacancies filling out: A slate of head coaching positions opened up at Norman High and Norman North this spring, and several of those positions are now being filled.
At North, the first job to be filled was the girls’ basketball coaching job, which will be filled by former Class 4A Mount Saint Mary coach Rory Hamilton. Hamilton led the Rockets to the state tournament the last two years and will take over a program that has advanced to the state quarterfinals for two straight seasons.
Other positions filled at North include the cross country program, which will be coached by Jonathan Koscinski, and the girls’ golf program, which will now be coached by Steve Knight, who was already teaching at North. Clay Pearcy, who had been serving as an assistant football coach, will take over the track program.
But perhaps the most notable hire was the fastpitch position at North, which will be filled by Brad Dolejsi. Dolejsi had served as the baseball pitching coach for the Timberwolves since 2009 and helped lead the T-Wolves to the state title game in 2013.