Knox Co Assistant Offered Head Boy’s Basketball Job
By David Sharp
Knox County assistant boy’s basketball coach Garet Nunan has been named to the Eagle’s head varsity basketball coaching position.
The former Eagle basketball and track standout has worked his way up through the Knox County basketball system.
After graduating from Knox County High School in 2005, Nunan coached two seasons at the Middle School level while attending Truman State University and working in his family’s business.
Garet Nunan was a three time all conference and two time all-district basketball player in high school. He finished ninth in Class 2 at the 2005 state triple jump competition.
Garet Nunan takes over from Jesse Crawford, who resigned after last season. Jesse Crawford has accepted assistant football and basketball coaching positions at Morton High School in the Peoria, Illinois area.
“When these guys started in middle school, they grew up knowing that Knox County has a winning basketball team,” said the newly named head coach.
“The gym is full of winners right now. We want to keep it that way.”
“This past season I had a great opportunity to coach under Jesse Crawford. He is one of the best coaches to come through this area in a long time.”
“When I graduated, I came out here looking for an opportunity. I love basketball. I want to be around it. I learned a lot. I think I am prepared and ready.”
Garet Nunan coached the current group of Lady Eagle freshmen and sophomores when they were in Middle School basketball.
The Lady Eagle JV was 13-3 last season under Coach Roger Parton. Knox County had a winning JV boys record last season under Garet Nunan.
Knox County has a string of four consecutive .500 or better boy’s basketball seasons, starting in 2006. The Eagles won two of their four boy’s basketball district championships in school history during that span.
Knox County was 16-10 overall in boy’s varsity basketball during the 2009-10 campaign. The Eagles graduated five seniors in 2010.
“It’s definitely exciting to be out here and try to help Knox County build more tradition,” Garet Nunan said.
“It’s pretty neat to see where the program was when I played to where was when I was junior varsity coach last year.”
Departing starters Keenan Gillaspy, Tristan Lonberger played in the Kirksville and Quincy post season all star basketball games. Lance McMahon played in the NEMO Officials Association All-Star game at Kirksville.
“We have a gym full of guys that are here once a week working to get better,” said the KCHS 2010-11 head boy’s basketball coach.
“They don’t know this is supposed to be a rebuilding year. They don’t know they are supposed to be down like everybody is saying.”
Two time all district center Justin Reeves will be a senior in 2010-11. The Eagles have a talented group of young athletes rising through the ranks.
Forward Kellen Gillaspy, guards Cole Sutton, and Brock Couch are vying for open positions.
Knox County may have one of the top guard prospects in Northeast Missouri. Freshman Royce Poore averaged 20 points plus per game in six minute quarters.
“These guys want to win. That’s all they are used to…winning. They aren’t used to losing,” Garet Nunan said
They want to win. That’s where it starts. They have the desire. We are going to get better. We are going to win more basketball games.”
Knox County played in the Northeast Team Camp at Schuyler County last week. The Eagles will likely play in the Sturgeon HS summer league.
Former Clark County coach Greg Buesher and the Bulldogs won the Class 2 boy’s state championship last season.
Knox County R-I has their basketball team camp scheduled for the week of June 28.
“I don’t want to look at changing anything. We want to go down the same path that Jesse Crawford started.”
“We are working on being fundamentally strong basketball players and building team chemistry,” Garet Nunan said.
“Our main goal is to be a fundamentally solid basketball team.”