Duane Gregory is up to winning state titles again.
For the second time in three years, the 1987 Philomath High School graduate coached his boys basketball team to a Texas Class 5A championship. Gregory's Timberview squad, a school in Mansfield, defeated San Antonio Wagner, 77-64.
I wrote a column about how four of Dave Garvin's former players had become coaches themselves and won state titles -- a list that includes Gregory as well as our own Blake Ecker. Both Gregory and Ecker played on the same team under Garvin in the 1980s -- they were juniors when he became coach -- and it was during a time when the Warriors started to make a habit out of going to the state playoffs.
A few of Garvin's comments from our interview two years ago about Gregory:
“Duane was one of those guys that was smaller, a guard-type player, and didn’t have your stereotypical basketball skills. He was not a real quick kid or anything like that, but he was one of those kids that when you talked, you had his full attention. ... He gave it everything he had, worked as hard as he could and like a sponge, he soaked it all in. He got the most out of what his physical skills were.”
Gregory became a coach right away after high school under Garvin with the PHS freshmen. After five years and earning a degree from Oregon State, Gregory headed down to Texas. He became a teacher at Timberview when the high school opened 15 years ago. His first five years with the basketball program were as a varsity assistant before he took over as the head coach a decade ago.
It was Timberview's second state title in boys' hoops. The Wolves finished with an overall record of 38-2.
Congrats to the Philomath alum's accomplishments in the Lone Star State.