Much like Washington's coach of the year, I've known Scary Keri for quite a while now. In fact, one time after a Lava City bout in Bend, we stayed the night at her and her husband Larry's house where my friend and I probably kept them up all night playing air hockey like a couple of 9 year old kids. So to see her win a tight race in the coach of the year race in Montana was a pretty cool thing in my little world. Here's what a couple of the people who voted for her had to say.....
"Even though she coaches for a team in Billings, MT., she has always offered up her skills and knowledge to surrounding teams that are new or need a bit of direction. She gives positive advice which allows skaters to keep their confidence growing." - Anonymous
"A role model, and friend, a good time! She has always been very loving and when needed, stern and powerful. She's been a great coach and we will all miss her dearly, as this was her last season as coach. She always has our best interests at heart, and she has driven us to win countless times. She knows what we are capable of, and doesn't expect any less! She taught me how to booty block, and from that day on, it has been a whole new world for me!" - Lethal Lizzie
"While I'm only a fan of roller derby and not a participant, I feel it necessary to leave a comment about Scary Keri. I met Keri through her husband Larry when they moved to Billings. Larry got a job at my work. The two of them took Billings by storm, he by radio and she by derby. I had never seen derby before and while she did try feverishly to get me to join, I knew I couldn't make the commitment that I saw her and the rest of the team make. At the time I was a board member for the Rimrock Humane Society and our organization was chosen by the Billings Roller Derby Dames as their 50/50 organization. The night of the bout we raised $1200, more importantly we got our name out to community minded people and in turn saw a few adoptions come out of it. On a more personal note, Keri was like a sister to me when I moved from Billings while going through my divorce. With everything she had going on in her life she always made time for one of my meltdowns, even if that meant skipping her lunch break to shut her office door and just listen to me. She is truly one of a kind. I am a better person to have met her, Billings is a better place because of her, and the Dames would kick a lot less ass without her. Congratulations Keri." - Alissa De Lucia
If you have any comments you would like to add about Keri, feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to post them as soon as I possibly can.
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