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story.lead_photo.caption Linn head coach Greg Koetting watches during a 2014 Class 2 sectional game against Father Tolton at Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

Greg Koetting has been retired for a dozen years, coaching basketball during all but two of them.

The bench is where he wants to be each winter.

"Unlike most retired superintendents I don't hunt, fish or play golf," said Koetting, who was named the head coach for the Russellville boys basketball team last month. "So coaching basketball I guess is my hobby."

Koetting takes over at Russellville after two years as head coach of the Vienna Eagles, going 23-27.

The Eagles defeated the Indians 80-41 last season.

"I kind of know them a little bit," Koetting said of the Indians. " There's some potential."

Koetting noted he was impressed with what he saw from the Indians during a first-round game of the Tipton Tournament last season.

Russellville was down by 23 at halftime and closed the gap to 12 by the end of the third quarter.

A pair of freshmen led the Indians in that one as Jesse Daniel scored 17 points and Charlie Miller added 16.

Eight of the 20 Russellville basketball players were freshmen last season.

"Obviously you want to win, but knowing that the majority of the kids on the team are sophomores, I've also got to kind of temper the expectations and try to make sure every loss is a learning experience," Koetting said.

The Indians finished 5-19 last season, falling to eventual Class 2 District 8 Tournament runner-up New Haven in the first round as the No. 7 seed.

Koetting will be coaching in a gym he's used to winning in.

The Linn Wildcats won back-to-back district championships in 2014 and '15 with Koetting in charge. Russellville hosted both tournaments.

"I've got good memories of that gym," Koetting said.

Koetting is familiar with the facility, but wants to get more familiar with the players.

He's hoping Lincoln University will be able to host a league this summer to get some games in with the Indians.

"If not, it's going to be hard to get them ready during the two or three weeks in the preseason," Koetting said.

Any time together will allow Koetting to determine the types of offenses and defenses he'll want to run with this year's group.

"It'd be nice to kind of get an idea what kind of offense they are most comfortable in and whether they can play man to man defense, who my shooters are, who my ball handlers are, who my rebounders are," Koetting said. "My philosophy is whatever my team can do best in order to win."

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