Former assistant lands job

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Mike Moskowitz, former Steamboat Springs boys basketball assistant coach, has accepted a coaching position with Si Tanka University, an NAIA school in Huron, S.D.

Moskowitz was an assistant at Steamboat Springs, Mesa State College and Adams State College before taking the position with the Eagles.

"I wanted a place to make progress," Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz said he has been to Huron to meet with his new team and is excited about the group of men he will have the opportunity to work with next season, his first as a head coach.

"I'm fortunate to have a lot of talent returning," he said. "I have a lot of athletes. They haven't had a coach put in discipline. I'm definitely a different breed than what they've met."

Moskowitz, who also is Steamboat boys basketball coach Kelly Meek's son-in-law, got his coaching start in 1997 when he joined Meek's staff at the high school. Moskowitz moved to Colorado with a friend and settled in Winter Park, but a drive over Rabbit Ears convinced Moskowitz he needed to move to Steamboat.

He saw an ad for an assistant basketball coaching position and applied.

"After my first year, I decided coaching could be something I could enjoy for a while," Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz later met Meek's daughter, Katie, and the two eventually married. The Moskowitzes are expecting their first child this fall.

Moskowitz said his style is different from Meek's, but the two share a common belief that defense is the cornerstone for success. Blessed with quickness and some height, the Eagles will be able to push the tempo next season, Moskowitz said.

Si Tanka, a four-year university, plays in the Dakota Athletic Conference, one of the top NAIA conferences in the country. Traditionally, the Midwest is home to many of the nations' top NAIA and junior college programs.

The Eagles' season begins Oct. 1 with the first official practice. The season opens Nov. 2.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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