A WORD FROM COACH FONTANA
An incredible amount of work goes into a successful basketball program and it takes effort and sacrifice from a number of people. Those efforts and sacrifices are greatly appreciated by our basketball staff. I personally want to thank my wife, Shari, and children, Madison and Spencer, for all the sacrifices they have made over the years for me to be a Head Basketball Coach. I am forever grateful for their support.
It was a proud moment in February of 2013 when I was named the Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Centennial High School I feel honored to lead this program and to represent Centennial High School. There are many people and groups that have helped build the solid foundation of Centennial Basketball. Our administration led by Dr. Jen Lindaman is very supportive and they are great people to work with. Our athletic director, Scott Garvis and the activities office do a number of things for our student-athletes that are greatly appreciated. Our Jaguar Basketball Committee spends countless volunteer hours helping with our team meals, our fan apparel, our basketball banquet, the Centennial Classic Summer Shootout and our fundraisers. Their dedication and commitment to our program is greatly appreciated.
Our ACBC program is going strong with approximately 190 young men and 21 teams in grades 2-8. The program was started in 2013 with 8 teams and 65 players. We have other future Jaguars playing on teams as well. We appreciate the time commitment of all the future Jaguars, their coaches and their parents.
I also want to thank our Booster Club for their continued support. It would be difficult to operate our program without the support of the Booster Club. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Then, there is our coaching staff. I feel quite honored to lead an outstanding coaching staff. Varsity assistants Ben Lamaak and Mark West have been with me since the inception of our program, and I would like to welcome new varsity assistants Byron Harp and Bob Sandquist. Byron is a former player at Centennial and is in his first season as a coach after a great college career. Bob joins us after 36 years as a head coach, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff.
All of these men are great teachers of the game and I am very thankful to have them as my assistants. All four have a great deal of enthusiasm and passion for the game of basketball.
Coach Matt Delger is an up and coming basketball coach and leads our sophomore team along with Coach Paul Pedersen as his assistant. Coach Delger is entering his 5th season on our staff. Coach Pedersen is entering his 4th season on the staff. These two coaches are continually working to make our program better.
Coaches Jeff Kelling and Marc Shalkowski enter their second year and lead our freshman teams. They are joined by volunteer coaches Brett Williams and Luke Den Adel. Brett is back after coaching 8th grade ball three years ago. And, Luke is another former Jaguar who is in his second year of coaching. Our freshman coaches are continually working to help our freshman understand the "Jaguar Way". I greatly appreciate the time these men spend with our future.
As you can see there are many different people and groups that have made Centennial basketball what it is today.
As a head coach, I not only see those accomplishments, but I also see all the young men who were dedicated to our program. Whether they were a varsity, junior varsity, sophomore or freshman player, their efforts are all appreciated.
As the head coach of the Centennial Men's Basketball program, it is truly an honor to represent Centennial High School.
Take care and God Bless All,
Head Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach