PROVIDENCE HIGH — Providence High and Athletic Director Andrew Bencze had a long and expansive list for what they hoped to find in a new boys' basketball coach.
Along with someone who had a wealth of experience and a track record of success, the administrators also wanted to fine an individual who was familiar with running a program at a small school, someone who was involved in the community and someone who is focused on helping athletes thrive in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court.
After a search that yielded a slew of applicants, Bencze said he is convinced he has found all those characteristics in Ernest Baskerville — the new Pioneers' coach.
"When we first saw his résumé, what we were really excited about is that he coached at a small school with an academic focus, and he was there for 12 years," said Bencze, who also runs the Providence girls' basketball program. "We wanted to have someone who can come in and be loyal and invest himself in the program, and that's the kind of person that we think we have in Ernest."