Jeremiah Sloughhas been hired as the new head boys basketball coach at Grand Island SeniorHigh.
Slough spentlast season as the head boys coach at Pleasanton High School. Prior to that, hewas an assistant coach at Doane College for one season (2010-11) and then anassistant at Hastings College for two seasons (2011-13).
"I'm veryexcited for the opportunity to take over a program with such greattradition," Slough said. "With the core we have coming back and theeagerness to improve the entire program has already shown, I'm confident thatwe will experience the success that we are all hungry for."
Slough playedcollegiately for the Hastings Broncos. He was a team captain for three seasons,was named first-team all-conference both his junior and senior seasons, and wasnamed second-team All-American his senior season. He holds the Hastings Collegeand GPAC single-game scoring records: he scored 61 points vs. Midland inJanuary of 2010--that performance netted him NAIA National Player of the Weekhonors. Slough was also named the GPAC's defensive player of the year each ofhis last two seasons.
The hiring ofSlough brought praise from current Hastings High and former Hastings Collegehead coach Lance Creech, who had Slough as both a player and assistant coach atHastings College.
"Miah is anatural leader. He has a tremendous ability to organize and implement hisvision," said Creech. "He has a such a knack to read people and thereach their needs as student-athletes. It's uncanny for such a youngcoach to impact a group as quickly as he can."
Senior Highactivities director Joe Kutlas is also excited about the hire.
"Jeremiahstood out in a strong pool of candidates," Kutlas said. "He has thewhole package: he understands the game very well, can teach it, can motivate,and can build relationships. Coach Slough was both tenacious and smart as aplayer, and has brought that same combination to coaching. We are very excitedto have him leading the Islander boys basketball program."
Creech spokehighly of Slough, whom he will coach against when the Islanders play HastingsHigh.
"Miah is anextremely intelligent person with an even higher basketball I.Q." Creechsaid. "I'm proud of him and can't wait to see him develop as a coach andsee his program improve throughout the years to come. Except for one game ayear, that is …"
Sloughunderstands the task ahead.
"Anytimethere is a coaching change in a program, there is an expectation toimprove," Slough said. "Our tireless dedication and work to ensurethose expectations are met will create the foundation for success within theIslander boys basketball program. I'm extremely humbled and blessed to havethis opportunity and look forward to this new chapter."
Courtesy GISH Athletics Department