KEARNEY, Neb. — Kearney High is tabbing an area boys basketball head coach to lead its girls basketball program.

The school announced Tuesday that Drew Danielson will be the Bearcats’ head girls basketball coach starting in the fall. He is currently the head boys coach at Hastings High.

Danielson starts a new chapter for the program after a year of turmoil. The district asked head coach J.D. Carson to resign on the first day of practice following allegations of having a flirtatious relationship with a player. Carson is still teaching at Kearney High and has filed a defamation lawsuit against the parent of a player. Assistant coach Chris Pocock led the team as interim head coach and guided Kearney to a 12-11 record.

“Coach Danielson is a great fit for the head girls basketball position,” KPS Activities Director Ryan Hogue said in a statement. “His proven leadership skills, commitment to excellence, and ability to develop young athletes both on and off the court make him the right choice to lead the Bearcat girls Basketball program.”

Danielson spent the past four years at the helm of the Tigers’ boys program. Hastings finished this season with five straight wins and a subdistrict title before falling to Omaha Skutt in Monday’s district final game.

Before coaching at Hastings, Danielson was head boys basketball coach at Cozad and an assistant boys coach at Elkhorn High. He has also been involved with the Nebraska Select Summer Development Basketball Program.

“This was not only a career move but also a family decision to have my two daughters a part of my coaching career,” said Danielson.  “My family and I are looking forward to joining the Kearney community and I am very excited to take over the Bearcat girls’ basketball program.  I am deeply committed to building a program that not only competes at the highest level of Class A, but instills values of teamwork, discipline, and integrity in our athletes.”

Danielson graduated from York High School and was a two-year letter winner at Hastings College.