A pair of new basketball coaches will be roaming the sidelines when the high school basketball season picks up again in the fall.
DJ Moore takes over the Damonte Ranch boys basketball program and Carlnel Wiley is in charge of the Bishop Manogue girls team.
Moore was a long-time assistant coach for Tom Maurer at Galena, spending six years there, and then was with the Manogue boys team the past five seasons.
Moore was hired at Damonte Ranch on April 30 and has been meeting with the returning players since then.
“We’ve had really good numbers at open gym,” Moore said. “The kids are excited about what’s going on, and curious about the new guy.”
Moore has also been a coach with the Reno Ballers youth basketball organization for about 10 years, coaching at every level with them.
Although Damonte Ranch is his first varsity head coaching job, he has been a head coach at the junior varsity and freshmen levels.
“I’ve got a lot of experience working with younger kids and developing them,” Moore said. “I’ve been around long enough that a lot of people know who I am now, for better or worse.”
Moore said he has been selective about which coaching jobs he’s taken.
He’s impressed with the potential at Damonte.
“It’s a huge area and it’s still growing. There’s a lot of young families in the area,” Moore said.
He also cited the administration at Damonte as a positive.
“Every time I’ve gone to Damonte as an opponent, I’ve been treated well,” Damonte said. “I’ve never had a bad experience there.”
Maurer is excited about his former assistant Moore getting the opportunity, citing his help in building the program at Galena.
Torrey Sheets was let go at Damonte after the 2014-15 season ended.
Craig Holt stepped down at Manogue, also after the season in which the Miners won the Northern Division I Region title.
Like Moore, Wiley has a lot of basketball experience.
He is currently the instructional director for Nevada Basketball Academy and recently finished a successful season as the coach of the Bloomington Flex, a men’s team within the Midwest Professional Basketball Association.
Wiley has been involved in basketball coaching and administration for more than 13 years, at the high school, junior college, college and professional levels.
“I’m excited to join the Bishop Manogue family,” Wiley wrote in an email to the RGJ. “The school has built a foundation on families and the community and is committed to the success of its students on and off the court. I look forward to being part of a family with such a strong foundation on values and education. It is my goal to work with the girls and help take the team to the next level.”
Wiley was also with the Reno Bighorns staff after a three-year stint as the director of basketball operations at Montana State.
He has coached at the high school and junior college levels and spent seven years running basketball camps at the University of California-Berkeley.
Prior to his coaching career, Wiley played in the United States Basketball League and the Eastern Basketball Alliance, as well as with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Wiley holds a Master’s Degree from Cal State-Chico and resides in San Francisco.