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Paly's Diepenbrock adds veteran coach to his hoops staff

 

Peter Diepenbrock has picked up a very experienced assistant for the Palo Alto High School boys basketball team.

Rich Forslund, a veteran of 22 years as a high school head coach, has joined the Paly staff as an assistant.


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“I’m looking forward to taking a step back and letting Rich do his thing,’’ Diepenbrock said. “I think of myself as a basketball nut but he’s at another level. It’s going to be awesome. I’m very fortunate to have him.’’

Forslund was the head coach at Half Moon Bay the past seven seasons and went 167-51, turning the Cougars into one of the top programs in the Central Coast Section. Previously he coached at Lowell, Burlingame and Riordan, his alma mater. He went 194-124 in 10 years as the head coach at Riordan, won four CCS championships and one state championship.

Forslund is known as a defensive-oriented coach who brought a West Catholic Athletic League approach and defensive mindset to Half Moon Bay. Diepenbrock is known more as an offensive coach. His CCS Division I championship team last season pushed the pace at every opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity for me to be at Paly,’’ Forslund said. “I think it’s going to be a real good mix. I can bounce a lot of ideas off him. My attitude is I just want to be a help to the players and the program. I think it’s going to be fantastic. I’m really looking forward to it.’’

Oct. 30 is the first official day of practice for all winter sports. Palo Alto’s first game will be at the Burlingame Tournament the first week of December.

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