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New Richmond's Kanewischer, Somerset's Livers resign girls basketball coaching positions

New Richmond girls basketball coach Jeff Kanewischer and Somerset girls basketball coach Kendrick Livers have both announced their resignations. Both coaches cited higher priorities as their reasons for leaving their coaching positions.

Kanewischer took over the Tigers for the 2006-07 season and Livers has been coaching the Spartans since the 2009-10 season.

Kanewischer’s wife is expecting the couple’s second daughter in two weeks. He said the desire to spend more time with his children was something he could not ignore. Only getting to interact with his older daughter a few moments during the week during the basketball season made the hard decision for Kanewischer an easy one.

“I’m finally putting family first,” he said. “Family is a big part of what I’m about and what I believe in.”

So much so, that Kanewischer would rarely hold a practice on Sunday because he wanted his players to have one day that they could spend with their families each week.

Kanewischer compiled a 71-109 record in his eight years as the Tiger coach. After five years where the program never reached double digits in wins, the Tigers turned into one of the elite teams in the area the past three years. Over the past three seasons, the Tigers had a 50-21 record under Kanewischer. He was named the Coach of the Year for the Middle Border Conference in 2012. The Tigers were conference champions that year and again this year.

While the coaching and teaching aspect was important to Kanewischer, he said the relationships he built with the girls each year is what makes it difficult to give up the coaching position.

“It’s been year after year of having great kids. It’s like walking away from a second family,” Kanewischer said.

Livers was offered a job opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Unfortunately, the responsibilities of the job, plus having three young children, won’t allow him time for coaching. He’s giving up his girls basketball and Spartan football coaching roles.

“I just wouldn’t be able to put in the time it deserves,” Livers said. “The group of girls I had this year is a special group. I wanted to see it through until they graduated. The talent is there. Whoever steps in will be successful.”

In his five seasons, Livers compiled a 45-70 record with the Spartans. He was named the Middle Border Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 when the Spartans were MBC champions.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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