ES basketball coaches win conference honors
By Scott Loftis
The honors just keeping for Eureka Springs basketball.
Highlanders coach Brian Rambo and Lady Highlanders coach Ryan Sanchez both have been named 2A-1 Conference Coach of the Year after leading their teams to conference championships and state tournament appearances.
Rambo’s Highlanders won 19 consecutive games and finished 33-7. In addition to the regular-season conference championship, Eureka Springs won the district and regional tournaments and set a school record for victories.
“That has a lot to do with the type of kids you have,” Rambo said of the coaching honor. “Obviously we had a great group with five seniors. But yeah, I’m extremely blessed and grateful.”
Sanchez turned the Lady Highlanders around in his first season as a head coach. After winning just nine games in the previous three seasons, Eureka Springs went 23-14 under Sanchez.
“I’m just a product of my environment,” said Sanchez, a Eureka Springs graduate who played under Rambo before playing college basketball. “My parents had a big role in my life, and so did the coaches I played for. Even moreso, it’s a credit to the girls. Their play dictates that. You can have the best coach in the world, but if you don’t have talented players who work hard and buy in, you don’t have anything.”