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Dickinson High hires John Wilson as head boys basketball coach

Dickinson High has looked to a familiar face to fill its open boys basketball head coaching position. On Wednesday, Dickinson High activities director Calvin Dean announced the hiring of John Wilson, former coach Dean Winczewski's top assistant. ...

Dickinson High has looked to a familiar face to fill its open boys basketball head coaching position.

On Wednesday, Dickinson High activities director Calvin Dean announced the hiring of John Wilson, former coach Dean Winczewski's top assistant.

"He had a tremendous amount of experience and has coached in our system as far down as the junior high level," Dean said.

Dean said Wilson's familiarity with the system was an added plus, but it wasn't a major factor in the decision-making process.

"Continuity is important, but it wasn't a huge factor," Dean said.

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Wilson said he feels he's ready to be a head coach and has been waiting patiently for an opportunity like this to arise.

"Early in my coaching career, it was something I had in the back of my mind that some day I would get the opportunity to become a head coach," Wilson said. "I was, by no means, in a hurry. I needed experience.

"I feel that I've put in my time."

Wilson, a 1989 graduate of Dawson County High School in Glendive, Mont., started coaching

junior high basketball in Dickinson's public school system in 1995 after graduating from Dickinson State in 1994. He spent six years as an assistant to Winczewski, the past four being his top assistant. Wilson is also an assistant football and track and field coach, though he said he plans to decide on whether to continue coaching track and field at a later date.

As far as on-court style goes, Wilson said there won't be much shakeup.

"When it came to Xs and Os, Coach Winczewski and I had similar philosophies and ideas," Wilson said. "In that aspect, there won't be a whole lot of changes. That's what made us fit so well."

Wilson was one of six candidates who interviewed for the position. Former Dickinson State men's basketball coach Scott Berry, Center-Stanton boys coach Scott Jung, former Center-Stanton boys coach Andrew Jordan, former Regent area coach Curt Honeyman and Heart River girls basketball coach Dan Pender also interviewed for the vacant position.

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Winczewski, who took the head coaching position at Minot after longtime coach Gene Manson retired, posted a 109-76 overall record while winning two state championships in his eight years as head coach.

The deciding process for the candidates and the final selection was done by a committee made up of Dean, Dickinson High Principal Ron Dockter, Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Stremick, school board member Dr. Morton Krieg, Director of Personnel Vince Reep and teacher-coach representative Brian Ham.

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