By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
Regina didn’t need to look far or wait long to find its next boys basketball coach.
Less than three weeks after Stu Ordmann stepped down as boys basketball coach Regina announced that long-time assistant Jared Galpin would take over the program pending board approval.
Galpin spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Regina under Randy Larson and later Ordman.
“Knowing the program, knowing the kids, knowing the conference is definitely going to be a benefit,” Galpin said. “I have a level of familiarity so I’m not walking into it blind and that definitely helps.”
A native of Ackley Galpin spent two seasons as the head coach at Paton-Churdan High School after graduating from Iowa State in 2004.
He later had assistant coaching stints at Cedar Rapids Prairie and Jefferson-Scranton before joining the staff at Regina.
“It was always my goal to be a head coach,” Galpin said. “I worked my way up the ladder from a freshman coach but it was always my goal to get back to being a head coach.”
A fourth grader teacher at Regina, Galpin also serves as the head boys golf coach.
He replaces Ordmann who resigned after three seasons at Regina to become the first varsity basketball coach in Liberty High School history.
“After 10 years of being an assistant and a fourth-grade teacher, Jared knows all of our kids on the team and has built good relationships with them. He knows how to teach them and he has previous head coaching experience,” Regina activities director Ryan O’Hern said in a release “Jared is going to play an aggressive and up-tempo style. It will be an exciting brand of basketball on both ends of the floor. The future is bright for his program.”
Regina returns its top five scorers from a team that went 13-9 and finished second in the River Valley Conference South division last season.
“I have my own ideas and my own philosophies on the way I can make a team successful,” Galpin said. “Getting the oppotuity to get to be able to do that I’m looking forward to it.”