Phil Baniewicz

Phil Baniewicz, president, headmaster and head baseball coach for Maur Hill-Mount Academy, has announced changes to the school’s coaching staff.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy has acted quickly to replace its boys basketball coach with an internal hire, while bringing on a new helping hand to make up for the difference.

Brad Kunecke, who served as girls head basketball coach for 12 years in total in various combined stints, will assume the role of boys head basketball coach in place of Tim Van Dyke, who parted ways with MH-MA earlier this month.

According to Phil Baniewicz, MH-MA president, headmaster and baseball coach, Kunecke teaches AP history, AP government and economics classes at MH-MA. Baniewicz said Kunecke previously served at an Iowa high school for 15 years as head boys basketball coach, where he qualified for a state title. MH-MA said Kunecke lives in Atchison with his wife, Sherrie, and that they have three grown children.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to return to coaching boys again,” Kunecke said, as quoted in a news release by Lisa Baniewicz, MH-MA assistant to the president.

Coming on as new head girls basketball coach in place of Kunecke is Luke Noll, who served as head girls coach at Hayden Catholic School of Topeka for the last two years, according to the MH-MA news release.

“As head coach, Noll quickly made a name for himself, winning a sub-state title and making one state tournament appearance in that short time,” the news release reads.

MH-MA said Noll had previously served as Hayden assistant coach for three years, had been a three-sport athlete at Jefferson County North High School in Winchester. Noll is son to Steve Noll, longtime head girls’ basketball coach at JCN. MH-MA said Noll and his wife, Sara, will be joining the MH-MA faculty in the coming academic year.

For more information, contact Baniewicz at 913-367-5482.

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