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Girls basketball names new varsity head coach

Geoff Arte

Gonzaga Prep is pleased to welcome Geoff Arte `00 as the next Bullpup varsity girls basketball Head Coach.

“We’re ecstatic that Geoff will be leading this program. He’s one of the most well-known coaches in the region and brings a diversity of experience and success to the program,” said Vice Principal for Athletics and Facilities Paul Manfred. “Among all of the candidates, Geoff stood out as both an excellent coach and educator, well-versed in our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic School. 

Arte comes to Gonzaga Prep from Central Valley High School, where his coaching experience runs deep: He is the acting varsity boys basketball head coach, the current varsity head coach for boys cross country and girls track and field, and has served as an assistant coach for both girls basketball and girls cross country. He has garnered recognition as Greater Spokane League Coach of the year for track and field three times and led the team to eight GSL titles. As acting boys basketball head coach, he led the team to the 4A state tournament in 2022.

“I am excited to return to Gonzaga Prep. It was one of the most transformative communities in my life and I look forward to the opportunity to provide those same experiences to students now,” said Arte, a 2000 graduate of Prep. “It will be fun to be a part of so many great traditions already established and help students build memories that will last a lifetime.”

Arte is also a well-respected teacher in the social studies department, where he has taught a variety of classes including AP World History for 15 years. He’s well-known for his dedication and service to the school, where he was twice a Meritorious Service Award Winner. “Being in the educational community connected to the coaching position is a vital part of the success of the overall programs and the development of students,” Arte said. 

Arte offered sincere gratitude for his time at Central Valley: “I want to thank them for everything they have provided me and my family over the last 15 years. Coaching three sports each school year has introduced me to a wide array of people, and while sport was what brought many of us together, it was finding joy in the little moments that eventually allowed for many of our greatest successes and created the most memorable experiences.  I consider myself lucky to have been able to be a part of their community for so many years.”

Arte replaces head coach Mike Arte, his father, who announced his retirement earlier this spring.

“Geoff has built an impressive resume while at Central Valley. We are confident he will carry on the traditions of Gonzaga Prep while adding his own perspective and style,” Manfred said.