Napoleon to rejoin the Loggers


File photo – Eureka head coach Michael Harvey and the Loggers will welcome Cliff Napoleon to the coaching staff next season. Napoleon will coach the freshman team.

By Ray Hamill — Long-time local basketball coach Cliff Napoleon will rejoin the Loggers for the 2021 basketball season, the girls program announced on Friday.

Napoleon, who was head coach of the Eureka girls varsity team for four years before Michael Harvey took over in 2018, will coach the freshman team.

And the Loggers are happy to have him back.

“We’re just super excited and looking forward to having him,” Harvey said of Napoleon. “He still wants to coach. He still loves the game.”

Last season Napoleon coached the St. Bernard’s JV boys, having also coached for several years as an assistant with Steve Thrap and the SB varsity program.

“Larry Bird said, ‘first master the fundamentals.’ That journey, for a lot of athletes, will start at the freshman level,” Napoleon said. “The court will be my classroom and I’m excited to be back to help the program.”

Napoleon played at both College of the Redwoods and Oregon Tech, where his daughter Makaila Napoleon currently plays.

He will take over a freshman team that is expected to have plenty of talent.

“We have a really great class coming in,” Harvey said.

The prep basketball season is not scheduled to begin until March because of concerns over COVID-19.

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