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S. Margarita hires new hoops coach

4/17/2012

Santa Margarita on Tuesday announced it was hiring a college basketball coach to replace the retiring Jerry DeBusk.

Jeff Reinert, who coached 24 seasons at the college level with such programs as Fresno State, Oregon State, BYU, and Nebraska and Simpson College, will take over the program beginning next week. Most recently he was the associate head coach at Fresno, where he was also the recruiting coordinator and responsible for defense and the post players.

Reinert served as the head coach at Utah Valley College where he became that program's all-time winningest coach with a 179-77 record. As an athlete, he played at New Mexico before transferring to Gonzaga where he was a teammate to John Stockton and made the West Coast Conference All-Academic team.

Reinert replaces Jerry DeBusk, who was 640-255 overall, 467-136 at Santa Margarita. The team won two state championships and five Southern Section and seven league titles.