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ARCOLA — Arcola hired Cerro Gordo graduate Greg Gisinger as its new boys basketball coach.

Gisinger, a 2000 Cerro Gordo graduate, will teach physical education. 

"I think he is going to bring a lot of energy to the program," Arcola athletics director and football coach Nick Lindsey said. "Throughout the interview process he had a vision I like. He has been under a coach that has been very successful. His coaching background has been pretty solid."

Gisinger has spent the last three season at Watseka under Chad Cluver, who coached at Maroa-Forsyth from 1999 to 2015, going 270-183 with a Class A state title in 2006-07. In Cluver's three seasons at Watseka, the Warriors have gone 63-29 (.685).

"He is a great coach and an even better person," Gisinger said of Cluver. "I learned a lot from him. It was a very smooth transition for me to work with him. When I sat down and talked to him our strategies were pretty similar. We both agree that coaching basketball is more than that it. It is teaching life lessons."

Gisinger replaces Mike Shaffer, who coached the Purple Riders for three years, going 41-42 (.494), including a 24-4 Class 1A regional championship season in 2015-16. Last season, Arcola was 6-21.

"A friend of mine, who teaches in the area called me before the job was posted," Gisinger said. "I started doing my homework and the more I looked into it, and the during the interview process the more I learned about the community and the school, the more excited I got."

Arcola is expected to return 11 juniors and seniors, including Myles Roberts, a 6-2 center/forward who led Arcola in scoring with 13 points per game. 

Gisinger's dad, Scott Gisinger is a 1976 Cerro Gordo grad, who played under Jack Blickensderfer. He was a freshman and sophomore when the Broncos made back-to-back 28-3 Elite Eight appearances in Class A.

During his high school days Gisinger played basketball and football and was in track for three years. 

Contact Mike Monahan at (217) 238-6854. Follow him on twitter at MonahanMikeJGTC

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