CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper College Thunderbirds men’s basketball team has a new assistant coach.
Lester Stewart has been hired to coach alongside new head coach Shaun Gutting, the college announced on Wednesday, June 12.
Gutting was the team’s previous assistant coach, but he stepped into the head coaching role to replace former head coach Dan Russell.
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Stewart comes to Casper from his previous position as assistant coach at the College of Southern Idaho.
“Before his time at CSI, Stewart spent six years as a head high school coach in Idaho from 2011-2017,” Casper College said in the announcement. “His teams qualified for the state tournament three times, and he led two different teams to the state tournament. He was also named coach of the year in 2012 and 2013.”
Stewart said the Thunderbirds bastketball program has been on his radar.
“’Casper College is a program that I have known about for quite some time, and it’s a program that is well respected nationally,'” he said in the college’s announcement. “‘I plan to add value in all facets of the program, college, and community of Casper.’”
Stewart is orginally from Chicago and went to school at Idaho State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Casper College said.
“’I couldn’t be more ecstatic about Lester joining our staff and program,'” Gutting was quoted as saying. “‘He is an extremely diligent worker who has had experience as a former high school head coach.;”
“’Combining that with his experience on the recruiting trail will provide a huge uplift to our winning tradition here at Casper.’”