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Shiloh trading in sneakers for a coaching clipboard at BCHS

Kyle Shiloh, left, who starred at Garces at Nevada, handles pressure from Mardy Collins while playing professionally in Poland in 2015.

Kyle Shiloh spent the last decade flying around Europe with a basketball in hand, playing the sport he loves while always making sure the three women in his life, his wife Tori and daughters Mia and Monae, were right near him.

The former Garces and Nevada standout is now in a similar situation, but this time with a clipboard and whistle after accepting a position as boys basketball coach at Bakersfield Christian.

Shiloh pulled a John Elway or Peyton Manning-esque move by retiring after leading Kouvot to the Korisliiga league title in Finland’s top professional

Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Warriors rally to force Game 7

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Independence High’s Madison Jared, left, and#16, right, receive a plaque for the Central Section Division III softball championship between Hanford and Bakersfield's Independence, May 28, 2016 in Fresno, Calif. Hanford won 7-3.

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