A longtime assistant coach has been named the head boys varsity basketball coach at Huron High School.
Bob James, 1994 Perkins graduate, who has been coaching basketball for the past 13 years, was named by the Huron Board of Education to succeed Jeff Winslow on an interim basis.
Winslow’s basketball contract was not renewed after three seasons at the control of the program.
“Bob has been a loyal assistant coach for many years, who has worked with great coaches here and at Perkins,” Huron athletic director Tony Munafo said. “I believe Bob will bring a lot to the table and has done a nice job of organizing a veteran staff.”
Said James, “It really is a dream come true for me, and a great opportunity. We have a good group coming back from last year, although all but one of the top prospects is involved in football right now. I can’t wait until practice officially begins Nov. 6,” said James, 33.
“My goal is to continue on what Jeff (Winslow) had planned and I realize the tradition built here under coaches like Jess Hagy, Bob Bowers and Dino Caporini,” James said.
James noted Tom Kowaleski will remain as varsity assistant with the Tigers and Darius Schaefer fills the role James had as JV coach.
Frank Gioffre and Caporini will also going to be involved in the program.
James served seven years in all at Perkins in the role of assistant coach, either JV or varsity, and has been the Huron JV coach for six seasons.
James and his wife, Mary, have two children, Sam and Meredith.