Bishop Carroll has hired Gary Cundiff as its boys basketball coach.
Cundiff, who played at Wichita State from 1982 to 1987 and was the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1987, has been a girls basketball assistant at Carroll for the past four seasons.
“He’s a member of our community, and he has a great knowledge of basketball,” Carroll athletic director Larry Dostert said. “He interviewed very, very well.”
Dostert said Carroll interviewed three candidates Wednesday, and the interview committee originally planned to wait until Sunday to make the decision on a coach. Cundiff sped up that process.
Cundiff has previous head coaching experience at Andover High, leading the Trojans to an 18-4 record in 1996-97. He was the athletic director for the Maize school district from 1997 to 2004 and was an associate athletic director at WSU until 2009. Cundiff’s son, Clay, is a freshman basketball player at Carroll. His daughter, Mary Kate, was a senior on the girls team this season.
“I was thrilled to accept the job,” Cundiff said. I’ve been working with (Carroll girls coach) Taylor Dugan the last four years and I just really realized how much I loved coaching and loved the game of basketball. I loved working with the young ladies, but eventually I was looking to get back to the boys side and run my own program.
“I’ve been coaching in one way or another pretty much since I stopped playing basketball. I come from a basketball family, I grew up around it, I’ve always been around it and I feel like I have a knowledge and an understanding of the game that will benefit these players.”
Cundiff replaces Lonnie Lollar, who resigned in March after 11 seasons and six trips to the Class 5A tournament, including a second-place finish in 2008.