Lexi Clark breaking the mold in Valley Center

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VALLEY CENTER, Kan. It's something you don't hear, or see often.

A woman coaching a high school boys varsity team.

"She worked with us on the girls program last year and that became obvious that she knows what she's doing," Head Coach Matt Coleman said. "She's an asset to the program."

When the assistant boys position opened up this fall, the decision was a no brainer.

"I think you really have to be confident in what you do and express what you know about the game," Clark said. "I think we know just as much as men do were just not as confident to take the next step."

But the role hasn't come without challenges.

"Starting off, I didn't get that much respect," said Clark. "You really have to dig deep and you're going to get shot down from men for sure."

Clark's resume should be enough to earn the respect of anyone. As a four time all-conference selection in high school at Wichita Northwest, she was one of the best players to come out of the area in 2015.

The success only continued.

She was a two year all-regional player at Butler Community College, helping to lead the Grizzlies to a fourth place finish at nationals in 2015. She finished her last two years at Newman University where she was a first team All-Heartland Conference selection.

But now, she's facing her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet.

"Gaining their respect was hard, but it was definitely worth it because it's made the team even better," Clark said.