High School Sports

Prep Boys Basketball: Former Arroyo Grande freshman coach to lead Nipomo High varsity

Nipomo High has hired Greg Cebulla as its new boys varsity basketball head coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Cebulla has spent the past eight years as the head coach of the Arroyo Grande freshman boys basketball program.

“Nipomo’s a great opportunity,” Cebulla said. “I’ve had some success at the freshman level, and I just thought, ‘Let’s see if what I do works at the varsity level.’”

During Cebulla’s tenure, the Eagles never had a losing season and won four league championships, including the past three.

“I’m over the moon about this hire,” Nipomo athletic director Laurie Decker said. “Coach Cebulla comes to us with such high regard and respect from the time he spent at Arroyo Grande.

“He’s very professional. He has high expectations for the behavior of his players and their academics. He’s someone with a long-term vision of building a program.”

This past year, Arroyo Grande’s freshman team went 19-1, including an undefeated mark in PAC 7 play.

“It’s a much quicker game, no doubt about it,” Cebulla said of the disparity between the varsity and freshman levels. “That would probably be the biggest adjustment.”

Cebulla, a 1981 graduate of the University of Montana, has lived on the Central Coast since 1990 and works locally as a residential mortgage underwriter.

Cebulla, who prides himself as a defensive specialist, will be taking over for Brian Cook, who went 22-55 over three years before resigning this offseason.

This past year, the Titans went 11-16 overall, finishing sixth at 4-8 in the PAC 7 and earning a CIF-Southern Section Division 4A at-large playoff berth. Eight of 13 players from that squad were seniors, as the best returner from that group will figure to be 6-foot-3 wing Ryan McNeil, who averaged 11 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

This upcoming season, Nipomo will be moving into the Los Padres League in all sports as part of a four-year releaguing cycle meant to better align leagues in terms of enrollment, competitive equity and geography.