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.