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Ganskie to coach boys basketball at Bear River

Hired in May to replace the retiring Jack McCrory as the Bear River High School athletic director, Duwaine Ganskie will now attempt to fill the shoes of McCrory in a second position.

On Wednesday night, the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Ganskie as the Bear River varsity boys basketball coach.

Ganskie, who coached the Bear River varsity girls program for 16 seasons before coaching Nevada Union’s girls for three years, was approved in a closed executive session.



Ganskie and two other district hirings were pulled from the consent agenda by the board Wednesday for further discussion and an eventual vote in closed session.

One of the other proposed hirings, that of Rich Simpton to replace Ganskie as the new Nevada Union varsity girls coach, was not approved by the board.




The other hiring discussed behind closed doors Wednesday was that of Terry McAteer as a Bear River High School social studies teacher. McAteer was approved to join the Bear River faculty, said NJUHSD Board President Mark Heauser.

Heauser said he could not comment on what the discussions in closed session centered on, due to district policy that personnel matters are kept confidential. He did say, however, that it’s not normal policy to take the hiring of coaches into closed session.

“No, that’s not usual for the most part,” Heauser said. “If you look, there were a number of items on the agenda and those three were pulled.”

In hiring Ganskie, Bear River once again will have its athletic director leading the boys basketball program. And once again, it will have Ganskie wearing the cardinal and gray.

In 16 seasons at the helm of Bear River’s girls program, Ganskie led the Bruins to a 428-99 record, with 11 league championships, eight section titles and three NorCal crowns. In three seasons at Nevada Union, he compiled a 61-25 record with two Metro Conference championships.

The 2007-08 Bear River Bruins won’t be Ganskie’s first boys team, either. Prior to coming to Bear River, Ganskie coached the Hesperia High School boys basketball program for three years, including one as varsity head coach. In that season, he led the team to 15-9 record, which brings his varsity career coaching record to 504-133.

“I think I’m a coach at heart and I love the game of basketball,” Ganskie said. “I loved coaching boys, when I did that, and I loved coaching girls, when I did that.

“After taking the A.D. job, I still wanted to coach and this is what was there and I’m excited about it. I’d say it’s about coaching kids and coaching basketball. Gender is insignificant.”

Bear River Principal Jim Nieto said the school’s selection committee – which included himself, two assistant principals and McCrory – had a quality choice in Ganskie.

“I think he’s just got a proven track record,” Nieto said. “As a basketball coach, his knowledge of the game is phenomenal and he’s also an excellent teacher of the game.

“I think his record speaks for itself in terms of the success he’s had as a coach.”

Ganskie said now that his hiring is official, he’s looking forward to being back on the bench.

“It’s great to be around kids and help guide them in a positive direction,” he said. “And it’s great to be around the game I love. It was a no-brainer for me.”

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To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail brianh@theunion.com or call 477-4240.


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