CLINTON – Andy Eberhart wants to make the River City a basketball town again.
His reign as Clinton girls basketball coach began on Wednesday, as athletic director Gary Lueders chose the longtime area basketball coach to replace Mike Halac.
“I was very surprised to have been chosen,” said Eberhart, who has coached at Northeast and at Ashford.
Gary is also a member of the Class of 1985 from Northeast.
“It is an exciting feeling to be coaching in an area where I grew up,” Eberhart said.
After high school, he played two years of college basketball at Waldorf College. Andy graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989. After college, he returned to Northeast to coach basketball, football, and golf.
In 1993, Andy moved to Mount St. Claire College. He served as assistant men’s basketball for three years, before being named head coach in 1996. Andy held that position for fourteen years and qualified his team for the National NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2002.
“Andy has coached at a high level,” Lueders said. “He has a lot of experience at both the high school and college level.”
Clinton had three candidates lined up for finalists, Lueders only disclosed one other finalist, which was current Prince of Peace coach Scott Maddasion.
One of the biggest goals for Eberhart in the next coming weeks is for the new head coach to gauge who will be going out.
“I have an idea in terms of younger players who is going out, but I’m not sure in terms of upperclassmen who will go out, but that’s something I want to find out in the next month,” Eberhart said.
Eberhart is familiar with the younger group of student-athletes, because he has a pair of twins who will be freshmen.
Eberhart was hesitant on the expectations he is willing to set for the upcoming season, but he is wanting to get the town excited again about girls basketball.