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The College of the Redwoods announced a new head coach for its men’s basketball team Monday afternoon, and it’s a familiar face in the Humboldt County athletics scene.

Ryan Bisio will assume control of the program within a week or two, according to Redwoods’ Athletic Director Bob Brown.

“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity; I feel very lucky and I’m thankful (Bob Brown) has entrusted me with the future of this program,” Bisio said in an interview with the Times-Standard Monday night.

Darren Turpin, who had been serving as interim head coach following former Redwoods head coach Aaron Hungerford’s dismissal on Dec. 27, 2018, will return to his role as CR’s information officer and assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

“Ryan has a clear direction and plan for this program,” Brown said Monday night. “This was not a case where (Darren Turpin) lost the job, but rather one where Ryan won it.”

Bisio most recently served as head coach for the Arcata High boys’ basketball team from the 2014-15 season through the end of the 2017-18 year before joining the St. Bernard’s administration as its Athletic Director, a position which he currently holds.

The team Bisio will inherit just finished wrapping up a 0-26 season on Wednesday with a 79-44 loss on the road at Butte College.

“I’m so excited to frame this opportunity that we have to all the local kids here,” Bisio said. “I really think we can turn College of the Redwoods men’s basketball into a viable option where kids can come and develop and move onto the university level.”

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