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Johannes named Phoenix boys coach

PHOENIX — Phoenix High School officials didn't have to look far in finding a boys basketball coach, replacing Brian Miller with top assistant coach Glenn Johannes, the school announced Thursday.

Johannes previously has served as an assistant coach at Churchill High in Eugene and co-head coach at Crow, and was head coach at McKenzie High from 2006-08 before moving to the Rogue Valley.

"When he interviewed for the job it was pretty apparent he was the best candidate to lead us in the future," said Neill Carvalho, athletics director at Phoenix. "It just seemed he had the knowledge, the background and the passion that we were looking for."

"We're pretty pleased and we're just looking forward to hopefully building upon the successes we've had the past few years and trying to take more advances in the program," added Carvalho.

Johannes, who also founded the Oregon Rebels AAU team in 2003 and remains its head coach, said he is looking forward to further developing roots here in the Rogue Valley. His wife Michelle was a North Medford High graduate, and the couple welcomed their first child, son Cole Joseph, into their home almost six weeks ago.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said Johannes, 33. "I know talking with the majority of the kids they are as well. We're not going to change a whole lot as far as what we've done defensively from last year. Offensively we may look to change up the tempo a bit and let our athletes make some plays that maybe they weren't ready to do last year."

Under Miller, the Pirates posted a 14-10 overall record and were 7-5 in Skyline Conference play, finishing third and one game out of the playoffs. Phoenix averaged 42.6 points per game and allowed 42.4 in a season of little wiggle room in the conference.

The Pirates expect to return leading scorers Skyler Reagan and Alex Young as well as Kyle Treadway and Matt Lapat, and will get a shot in the arm from a solid junior varsity team that was guided by Johannes this past season.

"It'll be fun," Johannes said with an eye toward next season. "We just look forward to taking advantage of every opportunity we have."

Johannes led the Rebels to the 17U state championship in 2004, and the team has included the likes of Drew Wiley, Michael Harthun, Jordan Ellis, Danny Berger and Scott Morse, among others, over the years. The current Rebels team, which includes Young and Tyler Dungannon of Phoenix, recently wrapped up spring play and will return in July for a summer schedule that includes games in Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas.

"That was nice that he had the background of coaching some of these big-time players," said Carvalho. "I think that helps and gives a good perspective to our athletes."

Johannes was born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., and graduated from the University of Oregon in 2002.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com