The changing of the guard will continue from the fall to the winter sports season at Exira-EHK. It was announced last month that Drew Buckholdt will take over for Tom Petersen as the head football coach for the Spartans, now it has been announced that Tony Santisteban will take over as head boys basketball coach from Doug Newton. The Exira-EHK School Board approved Santisteban’s hiring at their meeting on Tuesday night.
Newton has led the Spartans program for over 20 years and has been in the district for 31 years. Newton leaves with a record of 335-194 during his tenure. He led the Spartans to a state tournament appearance in 2011, a team that Santisteban was a senior on. Santisteban has been an assistant with Newton for a strong number of those seasons after playing under him and graduating in 2011. He led the Spartans with 12 points and 3.2 rebounds per game during that state tournament season.
The Spartans are coming off a 19-5 season in 2022-23 that ended with a loss to West Harrison in the substate semifinals.