Queen Creek Hires Bobik as New Boys’ Basketball Head Coach
10 months ago Andrew Luberda 0
Queen Creek Athletic Director Paul Reynolds announced the hire of Daniel Bobik as the Bulldogs new boys’ basketball head coach on Monday. Bobik, without any previous experience as a varsity head coach, replaces Troy Gibson, who recently stepped down to spend more time with his family after leading the Bulldogs program for 14 seasons.
Bobik’s lack of experience did not detour Reynolds from hiring the one-time BYU Cougar turned Oklahoma State alum.
Reynolds compared Bobik’s hire to that of Joe Germaine, who was hired in 2010, also without any previous varsity head coaching experience. Germaine led the Bulldogs to the 2012 Div. III State Championship.
Perhaps Bobik can bring similar success.
“Coach Bobik has played at a high level and was extremely successful,” Reynolds said by text. “He knows what it takes to get where we want to be and will bring enthusiasm and excitement to our program.”
Bobik moved to Arizona two years ago and is familiar with Queen Creek, as his mother lives in the town. He gave several reasons for his interest in the job, including the area’s continuing growth. Ironically, he wants to duplicate what several developers are doing all along Ocotillo Road.
“(Queen Creek) is an opportunity to be able to build something,” Bobik told CountyLinePreps.com by phone Monday night. “To me that’s the biggest thing. In any job, or just in life in general, being able to build something that is bigger than yourself is attractive and other people want to be a part of.
“Also, the people. Paul Reynolds is fantastic and, in my opinion, and from what I’ve heard in different circles, is the best athletic director in the state.”
Bobik’s career as a player more than makes up for his lack of head coaching experience.
He played at BYU in 2001-02 before transferring to Oklahoma State, where he played for legendary head coach Eddie Sutton in 2004-05 after sitting out the 2003 season. He was a member of Cowboys teams that won back-to-back (2004-05) Big 12 Tournament Championships, the Big 12 Regular-Season Championship (2004) and reached the Final Four (2004) and the Sweet Sixteen (2005). Additionally, he played professionally overseas.
Bobik also comes from good lineage. His father, a 6-foot-8 point guard, also played for Sutton in the 1970’s and was an eventual draft pick of the Phoenix Suns.
Besides Sutton, Bobik also mentioned former Charlotte Bobcats head coach and current Loyola Marymount University head coach Mike Dunlap as someone who had an influence on the type of coach he’ll be.
“I’ve picked up bits and pieces from all sorts of different coaches that I’ve played for,” Bobik said. “I’ll be instilling a lot of the principles that I’ve learned from a lot of great coaches that I’ve had since I was young.”
Bobik said he wants his teams to play great defense and get easy baskets, reasoning the team that gets the most easy baskets “has the best chance of winning.”
Bobik is taking over a program that will be competing in 6A for the first time, in a region that includes State Runner-Up Mountain Pointe. Although he’s new to Arizona, Bobik is familiar with the basketball landscape here as a result of watching his son play for Mesa Mountain View.
“We have Mountain Pointe, we have Corona (del Sol); a lot of the big schools that have been around for a while and have built great programs with winning traditions,” he said. “To me, it is attractive and exciting to compete against other great programs and see where we are and where we need to be. We want to play against the best and measure ourselves.”
Asked when he’d start the summer program at Queen Creek, Bobik answered, “Tomorrow.”
Sooner seems better than later when it comes to building.