Boys Basketball

Kankakee Valley picks VanDuyne as boys hoops coach

2013-09-28T17:00:00Z 2014-06-24T18:00:13Z Kankakee Valley picks VanDuyne as boys hoops coachSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
September 28, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Seldom does one advance from elementary 3-on-3 basketball supervisor for one year to varsity head coach, but that's what happened at Kankakee Valley last week.

K.V. voted in Nate VanDuyne as the head boys basketball coach on Monday, after VanDuyne's selection had been tabled twice by the school board.

The 2009 Northfield graduate is one of the youngest boys basketball head coaches in the state.

"My dream was to play for the Indiana Hoosiers," VanDuyne said. "But once I realized I didn't have the athleticism, coaching became my next dream."

VanDuyne replaces Jeff Hamstra, who took an administrative job at Munster after last year's 12-10 season. Only two returning starters will be on the court this season for the young coach.

The 6-foot-3 VanDuyne was a center at Northfield, where he played for legendary coach Moe Smedley. VanDuyne won one sectional before taking his game to Grace College.

He is in his second year in K.V.'s school district.

VanDuyne is the Kougars seventh head coach since 1993.

"He has a knack for the game," K.V. athletic director John Gray said. "He's surrounding himself with some experienced people on his staff. I just can't say who they are until they get approved."

VanDuyne was a varsity assistant last winter and he credits the previous coaches for making progress in the program. K.V. has only won once sectional, in 2008, since 1993.

"My goal is for us to get better every day," VanDuyne said. "Every team in the state's goal is to win the sectional. We have to take every game captive. We just have to get better every day."

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