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Drake Schuring, seen here coaching a Linn-Mar freshmen team this past season, has been named the head boys’ basketball coach at West Delaware.

Drake Schuring has been named the new varsity boys’ basketball coach at West Delaware High School.

The 23-year-old Schuring replaces Matt Uthoff who resigned to take the West Delaware varsity girls’ coaching position.

Schuring comes to the Hawks after serving as a freshmen boys’ basketball coach at Linn-Mar High School this past season. The year before that he was head boys’ coach at Waterloo Columbus.

Schuring works at TNT5 Basketball Development as well as Iowa Prep AAU basketball. A 2013 graduate of Decorah High School, Schuring attended Luther College for two seasons before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa.

“I went to Luther to play basketball,” he explained. “An injury set me back, so I felt coaching was the route for me. I went to UNI and was a manager for the men’s basketball team under coach Ben Jacobson. I learned a ton from him and his staff.”

With almost all of the team back next year, Schuring knew the West Delaware job was a good one. But he also knew it was more than just having a strong team returning. “Honestly, it’s a great school district with great sports traditions in general, not just in basketball. The coaching staffs in all sports are amazing. There’s great community support here and great support from the administration.”

West Delaware Activities Director Matt Weis said Schuring, who came highly recommended, interviewed well. “He absolutely impressed the heck out of us. He has that ‘it’ factor that you just know when you interview somebody like that they are ready to jump into the water headfirst and try to make an impact right away.”

Schuring said West Delaware fans will see a team that plays strong defense. “We are going to go out there and guard teams. To be honest, I don’t think it will be much different than what people have seen out on the court in the past. The kids will work their tails off. Defense is how you win championships obviously and at some point, that will be the goal.”

He knows the WaMaC Conference is tough. “It’s very deep with a lot of good teams. Last year three conference teams made it to the state tournament. I would say West Delaware and Mount Vernon will be two of the favorites next season.”

While Schuring wishes he could get in the gym and get to work, he knows the COVID-19 pandemic will delay that. He said players can get to work on their own for now. “The virus is a struggle for everyone right now. The biggest thing someone can do now is go for runs and stay in shape. Work on ballhandling. All it takes is one basketball for 15 minutes a day in your driveway, basement or garage. I think it’s the easiest way we can all improve.”

He added, “I’m excited to get into the gym whenever that may be and get things rolling.”