By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers may have just added the piece they needed to get them over the hump in girls basketball.
After finishing second in the Big 5 in each of the past three seasons — to three different teams — the Loggers have been close in recent years to claiming a first league title since 2015.
And now, with the announcement this week that long time local coach Cliff Hart will rejoin the program as an assistant, head coach Michael Harvey is confident the Loggers are headed in the right direction.
“It kind of completes our program,” Harvey said. “Because Cliff really has the knowledge and skills necessary, and he’s a great teacher.
“He will take us one step farther.”
Hart, who will work with the post players on all three Eureka girls teams, rejoins a program that has posted more varsity wins in the past three years (68) than any other H-DNL team.
This past season, Hart was an assistant coach with Mark Gardner at St. Bernard’s, after previously being an assistant with the Eureka girls for several years under Cliff Napoleon and Harvey.
And all of the Eureka coaches are excited about the addition.
“Cliff will undoubtedly bring a much needed big man perspective for our post players, which will allow them to flourish when battling in the paint,” JV coaches Mickie Tuaila and Melissa Nakoa said.
Hart, who is a St. Bernard’s graduate, played at Humboldt State in the 1990s and has been a consistent contributor to the local game since then.
“Cliff is just a kind heart who cares about basketball and loves to teach,” Harvey said. “He’s just a stand-up guy and I’m just happy to have him back.”