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Sisters will coach CHS girls team
Aimee Gunzenhauser (pictured) has been promoted to head coach of Ceres Highs varsity girls basketball program. Older sister Megan will be her assistant coach. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

The Gunzenhauser sisters, Aimee and Megan, will coach Ceres High School's varsity girls basketball team during the 2017-18 school year.

Aimee, a 2009 CHS grad, will be the Bulldogs' head coach.

Megan (class of 2004) will assist her.

The former Bulldog players directed lower-level teams at Ceres High the past three seasons.

"I did not think we'd be coaching varsity this year," Aimee said. "We were lucky enough to get a chance. I wouldn't be able to do this without her (Megan). She takes care of the post work. I work with the guards. We make a good team."

Aimee replaces Chad Hammond, who led the Bulldogs to a 11-15 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings (5-5) during his lone season at the helm

Mike Turpin was supposed to coach Ceres High this past winter. Turpin, who had brain surgery before the start of the season, was replaced by Hammond.
Aimee and Megan assisted Chad.

"It's always been my dream to be in charge of the program," Aimee said. "It's pretty awesome."

The Gunzenhauser sisters take over a program that last participated in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs under Vanessa Morris' guidance in 2012-13.

Morris directed the Bulldogs for two seasons (2011-13). Ceres High amassed a 20-24 overall record (11-13 in league).

The Bulldogs went 5-13 on the year and 5-7 in the WAC during Heather Jones' one season (2013-14) as head coach.

Under Shawna Nunes' leadership from 1993-2011, the Bulldogs amassed a 365-142 record, captured one section championship, claimed six league titles, secured 15 playoff berths, won at least 20 games 10 times and surpassed the 30-win mark twice.

Ceres High made history in 2005. It won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II crown at Arco Arena. The Bulldogs also hosted a NorCal playoff game for the first-time ever. Ceres High's overall record was 25-7.

Pierce Butler, Nunes predecessor, led Ceres High to six league titles in 13 years.

Kristen McClure, Hammond's predecessor, led the Bulldogs to a 21-23 overall record (10-14 WAC) from 2014-16.

"The fact I'm coming back to the program I played for is a huge advantage," Aimee said. "I'm going to run the program like they (Nunes and Phil de la Porte) did. It's going to be structured, strict and fun at the same time. The girls need that."

The Gunzenhauser sisters guided Ceres High's junior-varsity team for two years (2015-17) and freshman squad for one season (2014-15).

The JV program had a combined record of 31-18 (18-4 WAC) and claimed one conference title.

The frosh team posted a 13-8 overall record and finished in third place in the league standings (8-4).

"Coaching here the last three years has made me feel a lot more comfortable," Aimee said. "It was a great experience. I learned a lot. I'm trying to build the program. There's no reason we shouldn't have a good team this year."