Joe Genung will be the third Reed boys basketball coach in as many years.
Athletic Director Ryan Sims told the Sparks Tribune on Thursday afternoon that Genung, 42, will replace Zach Sanford, who stepped down on June 20 following his first season leading the Raiders program. Genung was one of 15 applicants for the opening.
“It’s a great honor,” Genung said on Thursday. “I’m super excited.”
Genung’s coaching history in, which is more than two decades old, includes stints leading boys and girls golf teams, freshman football, coaching basketball with Torrey Sheets at Wooster in the 2000’s and writing out a baseball lineup at among other places, North Valleys, where he’s been the last 10 years teaching physical education. Baseball is his first love.
“From what I’ve read John Wooden’s first love was baseball too,” Genung said. “So I think it’s an interesting transition.”
That doesn’t mean he’s predicting that he will become one of the most well-known basketball coaches in history, however.
“My first name starts with a ‘J’ but other than that, we don’t have many similarities. But I am detail-oriented. I do appreciate some of the stuff he’s put on his pyramid.”
Genung has three areas of focus on his personal pyramid he’s bringing to Reed.
“The big three for me are: I’d like to be known for an excellent man-to-man program. We’d love to be a great rebounding program. And we’d obviously like to take high-percentage shots and get it up the floor and attack the rim with some aggression.”
Reed’s new boys basketball coach takes over a program that went 7-18, 4-12 in the DI North a season ago, grabbing the High Desert League’s fourth and final playoff spot.