BREAKING NEWS: Fullmer returns as Chugiak head coach

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 16:49
After two-year hiatus (and a state title), Kevin Fullmer is back on the home team's bench.
Chugiak coach Kevin Fullmer directs his team during a timeout during the 2007 season. Fullmer has been named the head boys basketball coach for the 2011-12 season.

Chugiak High principal Sam Spinella announced Tuesday morning that Kevin Fullmer has been named the school's head boys basketball coach.

Fullmer is a 1981 Chugiak grad who served as the school's head coach from 1996 until 2009. In 2006 he took the team to the Class 4A title game, where the Mustangs lost to West. He most recently coached as an assistant under his brother, Greg, at Bartlett, where the brothers celebrated a Class 4A state title last season.

Fullmer replaces Orin Wear, who resigned following the 2010-11 campaign. When he stepped down, Wear — who teaches in the Mat-Su — cited a desire to be closer to his family and the fact he didn't work as Chugiak as factors in his decision.

"I just wasn't a good fit," Wear told the Star in March.

Spinella said he thinks Fullmer is the right man for the job.

“As a principal at a high school I always look forward to having my coaches on staff at the school,” Spinella said.

Fullmer said he'll miss coaching at Bartlett — where he began his high school playing career before moving to Chugiak — but feels he belongs coaching the blue and black.

"Let's just have a good season and help 'em excel," he said.

Read more about Fullmer's hiring in the Sept. 22 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

Contact Matt Tunseth at or (907) 351-2148.

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