WNCC men’s basketball coach steps down
     2016-03-18      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo WNCC Men’s basketball coach Russ Beck has resigned his position at the college. He will continue with his duties as a coach and instructor at WNCC until he begins his new position in Logan, Utah next August with Mountain Crest High School. 
Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball coach Russ Beck is headed closer to family after notifying the college that he plans to step down at the end of the year. Beck accepted a teaching and coaching position at Mountain Crest High School in Logan, Utah.

“This was an extremely tough decision, but in the end, the desire to get closer to my aging parents and allow them precious time with my children and their grandchildren was the most important factor,” Beck said in a letter to his team, friends, and family. “Having lost my grandfather recently, I really begin to look at family, time, and relationships differently, and I want my children to have the same kind of relationships and memories with their grandparents that I had as a child. I do not want my ambitions as a college coach living several states away to rob them of the opportunity to be loved and cherished by their extended family. Logan is one hour and 48 minutes from where my parents live. This move will allow those opportunities to exist.”

Beck has been coach of the Cougars for the past seven seasons, coming to WNCC in 2009-10. Beck compiled a 124-100 win-loss record during that time, including a 26-7 mark in 2011-12. This year’s team finished 18-14 and lost in the quarterfinals of the Region IX tournament.

In his first six seasons at WNCC, Beck sent 13 players on to the Division I level. Namely, Scott Bamforth (Weber State), Hauns Brereton (University of Hawaii), Francisco Cruz (University of Wyoming), Raul Delgado (BYU), Lloyd Hickinson (Southern University), Brylle Kamen (San Jose State University), Marko Kovacevic (University of Utah), Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton University), Terrance Motley (Sam Houston State), Mike Peltz (University of Nebraska), and Geddes Robinson (Utah Valley University).

Beck said that he might be moving closer to home, but WNCC will always be a part of his memories.

I will forever be a supporter and fan of WNCC,” Beck said. “My family and I will miss all of the wonderful friends we have made at WNCC and in the community.”

Beck will continue to fulfill his duties as a coach and instructor at WNCC through July. He begins his new position in August.

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