Tim Van Dyke

Head coach Tim Van Dyke watches the end of a Maur Hill-Mount Academy Ravens basketball game this season. Van Dyke will not return as MH-MA head coach after 25 seasons.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy and the man who has served as head basketball coach for decades have parted ways.

MH-MA hasn’t released information on the non-renewal of Coach Tim Van Dyke’s contract for the 2019-2020 season. Phil Baniewicz, president and headmaster, confirmed Van Dyke won’t return on Wednesday, but declined to discuss how and why Van Dyke and MH-MA reached this event; Baniewicz cited his respect for personnel privacy considerations.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the basketball program the last 25 years,” Van Dyke said. “I would especially like to thank all the young men who played so hard for me. I had the best seat in the house, watching a Maur Hill boy compete.”

Van Dyke completed his 25th season as head basketball coach for MH-MA in March, after leading the Ravens to a state tournament berth on a 22-0 record. In his career with MH-MA, Van Dyke oversaw a campaign for one state title in 2006 and several sub-state championships and runner-up achievements.

However, at the 2019 Class 3A state tournament on March 7 in Hutchinson, the Ravens — at a No. 1 seed in the 3A tournament — suffered an opening-round elimination and significant upset to the No. 8 Monarchs of Thomas More Prep-Marian of Hays. TMP-Marian went on to place fourth overall.

Van Dyke’s departure means MH-MA will be in search of a new head basketball coach as well as a head football coach, following news in April that Coach Jermaine Monroe Sr. had stepped down after 10 seasons to become defensive coordinator at Topeka West High School.

MH-MA is expected to announce a new basketball coach here in the coming weeks.

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formerladyraven

Extremely disappointed to hear that Tim is no longer coaching after 25 years. I hope this was his own personal decision. If not, MH-MA cut ties with a great coach & incredible family who have devoted their lives to the Atchison Catholic community in so many ways. His years of service & commitment will never be forgotten. It’s also extremely disappointing that this is considered “news” in Atchison. It’s a very tacky way of honoring a great person. I think there’s a much more appropriate manner to announce this. [thumbdown]

formerladyraven

Extremely disappointed to hear that Tim is no longer coaching after 25 years. I hope this was his own personal decision. If not, MH-MA cut ties with a great coach & incredible family who have devoted their lives to the Atchison Catholic community in so many ways. His years of service & commitment will never be forgotten. It’s also extremely disappointing that this is considered “news” in Atchison. It’s a very tacky way of honoring a great person. I think there’s a much more appropriate manner to announce this. [thumbdown]

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