After co-leading the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team for half of last season following the resignation of Tim Brooks, Benji George was named head coach of the Indians Monday afternoon.
A statement announcing the hiring was posted to the USD 383 website on Monday. Athletic director Mike Marsh confirmed the move, saying George will help keep the program on track with a familiar face.
“We’re thrilled to have Coach George on as our next boys’ basketball coach,” Marsh said. “He brings a winning attitude and he’s dedicated to our kids in the classroom. And he’s good for the Manhattan basketball program.
“We felt it was time for Benji to take over the program and continue us in a positive direction.”
George, who has taught biology at the MHS East campus since 2008, will remain in his same teaching position.
“He wants to continue teaching at East campus for the time being, and Mr. Hoyt is very supportive of that,” Marsh said.
George and co-interim coach Shane Sieben guided the Indians to a 5-5 record in the final 10 games of the season after a 7-4 start, all while dealing with the two-week investigation of Brooks that partially divided the team.
Marsh said George stood out in the interview phase of the hiring process.
“I will tell you that we interviewed three applicants, and out of those three that we chose to interview, Coach George did an excellent job,” he said. “I think our kids will be very pleased with our selection.”