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Holdrege Public Schools | July 22, 2019

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Runcie Hired as Head Girls Basketball Coach

James Reed

Holdrege Public Schools is proud to announce that Derek Runcie has been hired to teach 5th Grade Social Studies and become the new Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Derek is originally from Hastings, Nebraska and graduated from Hastings High School in 2005. After high school, Derek graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Management and then attended Grace University where he received his Masters of Arts in Teaching and Elementary Education.

Currently, Derek is teaching 5th grade at St. Paul Public Schools and has been the head girls basketball coach for the past three years. “When I came to Holdrege for my interview, I felt so welcomed by everyone at the Middle School and High School. It is very easy to tell how strong the support here is for teachers and how great the community is.”

As a coach, Derek has gained a lot of experience over the last 10 years. While attending college, Derek was an assistant for Hastings Middle School for one year and the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Omaha Bryan Middle School. In the summers he coached at the University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, and University of Nebraska basketball camps. After he graduated from Bellevue University he was hired as a Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Grace University where he became the Head Assistant Coach. While at Grace, he co-founded a Youth Select Basketball Program where he was the girls basketball coach for four years. After graduating from Grace University, he was an assistant boys basketball coach at Northwest High School before he became the Head Girls Basketball Coach at St. Paul High School.

While at St. Paul, Derek took over a program that had not had a double digit or winning season in over 8 years. In two of his three years there, the Wildcats accomplished two double digit winning seasons with appearances in a sub-district and district final. “I believe every program is built on fundamentals and defense. It first starts with building a solid youth program where fundamentals are coached and instilled in the players.” Derek said he is looking forward to taking over a tradition rich program like Holdrege. “There are not very many programs that can say they have gone to the state basketball tournament 10 years in a row. Although they have had a few years of absence from the state tournament, it is our job as coaches, players, and the community to bring this program back to the success it once had and to get people talking about how great Holdrege girls basketball is again.”

Derek is married to Lea Ann (Jameson of Minden) and has two small girls, Haven (17 months) and Aspen (3 months).  “We have already visited Holdrege a couple of times since I accepted the position and the support from the community and school has been amazing. We cannot wait to get to Holdrege and raise our family there.”