Jeremiah Slough has been hired as the new head boys basketball coach at Grand Island Senior High, according to school officials.
GISH Marketing & Communications Coordinator Jack Sheard says Slough spent last season as the head boys coach at Pleasanton High School. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Doane College for one season (2010-11) and then an assistant at Hastings College for two seasons (2011-13).
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to take over a program with such great tradition," Slough said. "With the core we have coming back and the eagerness to improve the entire program has already shown, I'm confident that we will experience the success that we are all hungry for."
Sheard says Slough played for the Hastings Broncos in college. He was a team captain for three seasons, was named first-team all-conference both his junior and senior seasons, and was named second-team All-American his senior season. He holds the Hastings College and GPAC single-game scoring records: he scored 61 points vs. Midland in January of 2010--that performance netted him NAIA National Player of the Week honors. Slough was also named the GPAC's defensive player of the year each of his last two seasons.
Sheard says the hiring of Slough brought praise from current Hastings High and former Hastings College head coach Lance Creech, who had Slough as both a player and assistant coach at Hastings College.
"Miah is a natural leader. He has a tremendous ability to organize and implement his vision," said Creech. "He has a such a knack to read people and the reach their needs as student-athletes. It's uncanny for such a young coach to impact a group as quickly as he can."
Senior High activities director Joe Kutlas is also excited about the hire.
"Jeremiah stood out in a strong pool of candidates," Kutlas said. "He has the whole package: he understands the game very well, can teach it, can motivate, and can build relationships. Coach Slough was both tenacious and smart as a player, and has brought that same combination to coaching. We are very excited to have him leading the Islander boys basketball program."
Creech spoke highly of Slough, whom he will coach against when the Islanders play Hastings High.
"Miah is an extremely intelligent person with an even higher basketball I.Q." Creech said. "I'm proud of him and can't wait to see him develop as a coach and see his program improve throughout the years to come. Except for one game a year, that is …"
Slough says he understands the task ahead.
"Anytime there is a coaching change in a program, there is an expectation to improve," Slough said. "Our tireless dedication and work to ensure those expectations are met will create the foundation for success within the Islander boys basketball program. I'm extremely humbled and blessed to have this opportunity and look forward to this new chapter."