Atanasoff wins top coach honor

RACINE, Wis.—Jason Atanasoff, who has coached the Racine Prairie School boys basketball team to a 42-9 over the last two seasons, has been selected as the Racine County coach of the year for the second straight year.
    He is the son of former Iron County residents Karl and Evangeline Atanasoff of Kenosha and the grandson of Carol Atanasoff and the late George Atanasoff.
    Atanasoff guided the senior-dominated Hawks to a successful season against elite opposition. Prairie School reached the WIAA Division 4 sectional championship game, losing to eventual state champs Manitowoc Roncalli 60-50 when his team had a bad night shooting threes—3 of 22 from beyond the arc.
    That loss doesn’t erase the luster of Prairie School’s season.
    “Everybody knew they were really, really good, and they were,” a rival coach told the Racine Journal-Times. “They had a bullseye on them all year, and Jason just did a tremendous job. There was a lot of pressure on him and that team to succeed, and they did just that.”
    “Jason was able to take excellent talent,” said another coach, “and get them to play sound and team-oriented basketball. That isn’t easy to do.”
    This was Atanasoff’s seventh year as head coach at Prairie School and his first doubling as athletic director.