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Ganskie coach of the year

Brian Hamilton

Not only does Duwaine Ganskie arrive at Nevada Union with a stellar coaching record – including 11 league championships, eight section titles and three NorCal crowns won at Bear River – he is also about to add another line to his resume: California Coach of the Year.

Ganskie, who accepted the NU girls head coach position this week, will be honored with the California Coaches Association Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Award on June 19 at the Hilton-Oakland Airport Hotel in Oakland at the CCA’s 47th annual awards banquet.

Ganksie’s girls rolled up a 26-3 record in 2004 and their second straight championship in the Pioneer Valley League, in which the Bruins have not lost a single league game since joining in the 2002-03 season.

But it wasn’t just Bear River’s impressive mark this year alone that earned Ganskie the honor, said CCA President and Sheldon High School Athletic Director Bob Baker.

“The selection committee picked him (from all other nominees in the state) based on his outstanding record and the quality of his endorsements,” Baker said. “And it wasn’t only that. It’s not just about winning, but also about the teaching of sportsmanship.

“And for all of that, I think that he was long overdue.”

One high school coach from each sport recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation will be honored at the banquet, along with the CCA’s Hall of Fame inductees.

“Obviously, it was very moving to learn about this,” said Ganskie, who has in the past earned coach of the year honors in both the Golden Empire and Pioneer Valley leagues. “It’s always good to be appreciated, though I’d do it even if people didn’t notice.”

Ganskie also was awarded the Northern California Coach of the Year award in 1993, which was voted on by NorCal media members. This award was bestowed upon him by his fellow coaches.

“It makes it a little more special,” Ganskie said. “When your peers recognize you it’s always a bit more meaningful because they know what goes into it.

“So, to me, this is the tops.”

Ganskie said he plans to attend the banquet with his wife Linda and his daughters Jami and Jessica, along with his son Casey.


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