Chip Bahe said he's moving from one good place to another.
Bahe, 46, is leaving Millard North after 11 years as head boys basketball coach and a shorter stint as boys track coach to join new head coach Bill Gavers on the Hastings College men's basketball staff as an assistant coach.
“I've been thankful and blessed at Millard North with a great coaching staff and, more importantly, great student-athletes and been lucky to work with them,'' Bahe said Wednesday night. “In the same breath, I'm extremely excited for the opportunity Hastings College has given me, to be able to work with Jerry Schmutte and Bill Gavers as colleagues.”
Schmutte, the Broncos' athletic director, announced Bahe's hiring Wednesday. Bahe will begin his duties June 1.
“Chip's a coach who has experienced success and could very easily have continued to enjoy a career at the high school level,” Schmutte said. “However, he still seeks challenges and new ways to win. I look forward to watching Bill Gavers and Chip work with the talented young men on the current team and recruit more talent.”
Bahe said he's known Gavers for many years.
“This happened very quickly,'' he said. “The biggest thing is I'm just tickled to death to be around a coach and a traditional program that has such a work ethic about it. Bill is such a tremendous person and leader.”
Bahe is the third widely known high school boys basketball coach in the past two seasons to move into college coaching in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Jim Weeks left Beatrice High last year to be men's coach at Doane College. Gavers is leaving Grand Island Central Catholic.
While at Millard North, Bahe built a 138-106 record and the Mustangs qualified for state four times. Including stints at Lexington, Omaha South and Lincoln Northeast, he's 231-187 with seven state appearances.
Bahe's late father, Al, is in the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame for his many years as a coach and athletic director at Fremont High. Older brother Ritch played football for Nebraska in the 1970s. Chip Bahe, after a three-sport career at Fremont, was a walk-on for the Huskers and lettered as a split end from 1987 to 1989.
“The ultimate win in coaching is watching young men grow into great adults and excel in their careers, relationships and communities,” Bahe said. “I learned that from my father and Tom Osborne.”
Contact the writer:
402-444-1041, firstname.lastname@example.org; twitter.com/stuOWH