Archive for Monday, June 18, 2001

Assistant basketball coach gets the job

June 18, 2001

With a sudden resignation comes a quick hiring.

In the wake of former Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball coach Dan Miller, high school officials formally announced on Monday that Bruce Courtney would assume head coaching responsibilities.

"Bruce Courtney has been an integral part of Basehor-Linwood basketball for the past seven years," Basehor-Linwood athletic director Joe Keeler said. "We feel he is the person to keep the boys program headed in a positive direction."

Keeler said the high school conducted a formal interviewing process in which various candidates were given the opportunity to win the job. After the interviewing was completed, Courtney stood out as the best choice.

"Our basketball program has a solid foundation and my goal would be for our program to continue the excellent tradition it has displayed in the past," Keeler said. "I feel Bruce Courtney will provide the leadership needed to keep the program running in a successful fashion."

In addition to being the assistant basketball coach since he has been in the Basehor-Linwood school district, Courtney has also been an assistant football coach.

After playing basketball at Baldwin High School, Courtney continued his playing career at Baker University.

Courtney said fans can expect to see a disciplined, well-balanced, aggressive Bobcat team in the future.

" I think people can come to the games and expect to see our players give the best effort on the floor that they can, they are going to represent our community and our school well" Courtney said. "We will be very competitive and we will play an aggressive style."

Although the Bobcats lose five starters off a team that went 15-7 a year ago and will replace those players with a relatively inexperienced cast, Courtney remains positive about the future.

"Our starting five last year consisted of five seniors, based on that you could call it a building process," Courtney said. "I think next year's seniors are very capable of stepping in and putting out a quality team. I think we are going to surprise a few people next year."

The Kaw Valley League will be fairly similar to last year, in terms of where teams place in the division, Courtney said.

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