Dimond hires Lauwers as boys basketball coach

Beth Bragg

The Dimond High basketball team is going back to the future for its new boys basketball coach.

Brad Lauwers, Dimond's head coach for six seasons during the 1990s, will return to the head coaching position at his high school alma mater.

Lauwers, a volunteer assistant coach at UAA the last two seasons, replaces Rob Galosich, who led the Lynx to Class 4A state titles in 2009 and 2012.

Galosich, who guided the Lynx to a runnerup finish at this season's state tournament, resigned to take the head coaching job at South.

Lauwers was a multi-sport athlete at Dimond and is a fixture in the city's basketball scene. He began coaching more than 20 years ago at West High, with long stops after that at Dimond and Heritage Christian. At Heritage Christian, he won two straight Class 3A state titles in 2005 and 2006 before the school closed in 2010.

Lauwers returned to West for the 2010-11 season, helping the Eagles to second place at the 4A state tournament. He spent the next two season at UAA, where his son Colton will be a senior guard next season.

"Brad has a long resume of coaching in Anchorage with a number of state championships in a number of different sports," Tim Helvey, Dimond's activities principal, said in an email announcing Lauwers' hiring. "Brad has been a member of the faculty at Dimond High for a long time and we are happy to welcome Brad as the head coach."

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