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Garces Memorial announces Grant Bingham as new girls basketball coach

Garces Memorial High School and athletic director Gino Lacava are excited to announce Grant Bingham as the new girls basketball coach on campus for the Rams.

Bingham replaces LisaMarie Sanchez, who was the head coach of the Rams the previous four seasons. 

Bingham brings a championship pedigree at the high school, junior college and four-year university level.

“We are looking forward to working with Grant,” Lacava said. “His energy is contagious and he has a great knowledge of the game.”

Coming to Garces will be the first time in four years Bingham will roam the sidelines at the high school level.

“Truthfully, I’ve always been attracted to Garces since growing up here in Bakersfield,” Bingham said. “Between family and friends who have attended GMHS and then while working professionally, I’ve heard only amazing things about the campus, students, staff and administration. “Family” was the word used to describe Garces most often with my conversations with principal Myka Peck and throughout this process, that became very clear.”

In his five seasons as a girls basketball coach at Independence High School, the Falcons were the top team in Kern County during that half-decade span, winning three consecutive Central Section championships.

Bingham spent four years as the lead assistant coach and one year as the co-head coach for Independence. 

The Falcons won three consecutive Division II section titles from 2015-17.While at Independence, the Falcons amassed an overall record of 94-25 and advanced to the CIF Southern California Division II regional semifinals.

Since his tenure at Independence, Bingham spent one season at Bakersfield College as the interim head coach for half the season.

The past two seasons, Bingham has served as an assistant coach at Simpson University, an NAIA program in the Northern California town of Redding. There, Bingham was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s program, with each advancing to the conference playoffs during his tenure.

Bingham is hopeful to put out a winning product on the court immediately while building a foundation in faith and teamwork for the Rams.

“In terms of the future of the program, I absolutely can’t wait to get started,” Bingham said. “I know where the girls program has consistently been over the years and we are ready to work to get back to the level expected at Garces. I know and trust that with the support and dedication of our players, families and the school, our program will be successful and grow to be one of the top programs in the Valley.”

Bingham is a graduate of Centennial and earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in French from Cal State Bakersfield and his Masters of Arts in Athletic Administration from Concordia Irvine.

He and his wife, Kylie, welcomed their first child in 2020. 

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