Coaching Staff

Head Varsity
Jim McNamara-This will be Coach McNamara's fifth season as the varsity head coach.  He is looking forward to his 24th season coaching basketball in Pine Island, having coached at the youth, junior high and junior varsity level.  He also was the varsity assistant for seven years.  He and his wife Tonja have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Varsity Assistant
Scott Nelson-Native of Kenyon, graduating in 1980.  Did undergraduate work at St. Olaf College.  Have had teaching/coaching stints in Delano, Spring Valley, Byron and Pine Island totaling 31 years.  Was head boys basketball coach at Kingsland High School from 1989-97.  Got Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Winona State University.  Married 25 years and have two children.

Junior Varsity
Tyler Baker-This will be Coach Baker's 8th season coaching basketball and his third as the Panther JV coach. He has previously coached in Bemidji, Iowa and in Goodhue.  He also grew up in the HVL and played basketball at Byron High School.  Coach Baker and his wife Brittany have two sons.

C Team
Joel Owen-This will be Coach Owen's first season coaching with the boys basketball program.  He coached with the Panther girls basketball program at the high school level for the past 3 years and coached youth boys and girls basketball for the previous 10 years.  He and his wife Nicki have two children. 

8th Grade
Zeke Kokosinski-This will be Coach Kokosinski's second year as 8th Grade coach.  He is originally from New Jersey where he grew up playing soccer and basketball. He played basketball in college in upstate New York and is currently attending RCTC for sports management.  Quoting Coach Kokosinski, "I'm excited to bring my knowledge of the game to my team and to prepare and develop them for the high school level."

7th Grade
Wyatt Nelson-This will be Coach Nelson's fourth season coaching, third in Pine Island. He graduated from Byron in 2014. Currently going to school, working on a degree in Elementary Education.