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Yavapai College: Former men's hoops assistant coaches land jobs

Yavapai College men's basketball coach Eric Fundalewicz first priority after he learned last spring his program was to nixed due to budget cuts was to make sure his players and assistant coaches found a home next season.

Mission accomplished.

The school, which also cut the women's hoops program in the spring, announced in May all of its men's basketball players were successful in their hunt for a new team.

YC announced this week assistant coaches Gabriel Van Guse and Kaden Kirk landed jobs for next season.

"I'm absolutely thrilled. Both coaches are well-deserving," Fundalewicz said. "Both are up-and-coming coaches."

Van Guse, a former assistant coach at Joseph City and Prescott high schools, signed on to take over as head coach at Pima Community College in Tucson.

Pima, which was swept 2-0 by the Roughriders last season, was 5-23 overall and 2-20 in league play in 2010-11.

"Gabriel's been doing this for a long time. He's really put in the time and effort (to get here)," Fundalewicz said.

Kirk, a former Flagstaff High standout, will be a graduate assistant/video coordinator for the Big Sky Conference's Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

The Wildcats, a perennial league power, were 18-14 overall and 11-5 in the Big Sky last season. WSU played in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament in the spring, where it lost to Oregon, 68-59.

"Kaden is a bright, young coach. He really understands the game and he gets along well with all of the players," Fundalewicz added.

With that business taken care of, Fundalewicz, who was in his first year at YC's head coach when his program was eliminated, can focus on finding his next home gym.

"I've done a couple interviews, now I just have to sit back and wait to see what happens," he said.

Van Guse and Kirk were unavailable for comment

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