Mizner Named New Rock Hills Boys Basketball Coach


After Matt Hesting announced his retirement before the end of the 2016-17 basketball season, Rock Hills High School was searching for a new boys basketball coach for the first time in their school’s brief history.  On Monday night, during their monthly meeting, the Rock Hills USD 107 Board of Education approved the hire of Nick Mizner as the new head coach of the Grizzlies.

Mizner, who has been an assistant coach at Lakeside the past two seasons, is a Jewell County native and a 2005 graduate of White Rock High School.  While at White Rock, he played his high school ball under Matt Hesting for the Eagles and then the Jewell/White Rock Predators at the end of his career.  He was a 1st team all-PTL pick in his final two seasons and also was a 3rd Team All-State pick in 2005.  That 2005 season was a special one, as he was the leading scorer averaging 17.5 ppg and helped lead the Predators to the 1A State Tournament.

Here at KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 Sports, we were able to catch up with Mizner and speak with him about his new venture.  Mizner is excited to have the opportunity to be a head coach in his native county.

He also gave his thoughts on following Coach Hesting.

As stated, Mizner will be just the second coach in Rock Hills’ 12-year history.  The Grizzlies cupboard is not bare for Mizner, as they are slated to return three starters in Jake Spiegel, Tycen Higer and Brady Jeffery as well as key reserves Austin Eilert and Dereck Gillett off the bench.

Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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