Skewis named varsity girls basketball coach at Westwood High


By Journal

Sports Staff

ISHPEMING — Kurt Corcoran’s shoes would be hard for anybody to fill at Westwood High School, but the Patriots will keep continuity by filling the vacancy from within.

The school and athletic director Jon Beckman announced Friday that Annie Skewis, who has been Westwood’s junior varsity girls basketball coach, has been hired as the Patriots’ varsity girls basketball coach.

She brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to the position, according to an email from Beckman.

Corcoran just stepped down several weeks ago after being in the position since the 2012-13 season.

He led the WHS girls to the MHSAA Division 3 tournament quarterfinals in 2019, falling one game short of a final-four appearance in Grand Rapids, then led his charges in 2020 to the regional finals before the season was canceled due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Skewis is a 2004 Westwood graduate and was a starter on the 2003 Patriots’ state championship team under head coach Tom Hammar, Corcoran’s predecessor.

Skewis, who was Annie Perry in her high school days and notably made five steals in Westwood’s state championship win over Michigan Center in December 2003, has coached travel basketball while also coaching at her alma mater and Negaunee High School.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Michigan University, master’s degree in nursing practice from Purdue University Global and doctorate of nursing practice from Michigan State.

Skewis is employed as a nurse practitioner at Bell Pediatrics and lives in the NICE Community School District with her husband Jake and three children.

She is also the CEO of Mia’s Wings, a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources to Upper Peninsula hospitals and families who are experiencing perinatal loss, in loving memory of her daughter Mia.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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