Paul Landis has been selected as the interim boys' varsity basketball coach at Winslow High School. He is serving as the principal at Bonnie Brennan School and will only serve as the basketball coach for the 2000-2001 season. The vacancy occurred when former coach Danny Gonzalez was unable to resolve his legal problems stemming from last year's hazing incidents in time to perform coaching duties.
Landis will bring a wealth of experience to the Winslow program. He has 17 years of coaching experience and assisted former Winslow High coach Richard Bratt for two years before accepting the principal's position.
He coached freshman basketball at New Mexico State with Arizona State University coach Rob Evans in 1968-68. He and Evans had been the starting guards for New Mexico State for the two years prior to that.
Landis has coached at the junior high school level at Dateland Junior High and at Sacaton Junior High. His high school coaching career includes stints of duty at Ganado (1969-70), Antelope (1970-72), Wickenburg (1973-77) and Maricopa (1979-1984). He also coached at a Department of Defense high school in Italy (1985-86).
While at Antelope High School, Landis saw both of his teams reach the state play-offs and one lose to the legendary St. Johns High School coach Verl Heap in the final seconds of the semi-final game. He also took teams from Wickenburg and Maricopa High Schools to the state tournament. He said recently that he regards his time at the Department of Defense school as one of his most enjoyable.
Bratt, for whom Landis served as a varsity assistant, is back in Winslow and will serve as a varsity assistant for Landis. Bratt was the varsity coach at Hopi High School last season, but resigned his position earlier this fall to be with his family in Winslow.
Darryl Smith will continue to be the junior varsity coach and Jim Keller will continue as the freshman mentor.
Landis said that he plans for the Bulldogs to develop good attitudes and stress defense. He said that they would run when the opportunity presents itself.