The Mount View High School boys varsity basketball team will have a new leader on the sidelines — and one with a wealth of year-round coaching experience — for the 2018-19 season.

Jeremy Von Oesen has been tabbed as the school’s new coach, said school athletic director Chris Moreau.

Von Oesen replaces Chad Larrabee, who guided the Mustangs five seasons and a 28-62 record.

Von Oesen is a 1994 Mount View High School graduate, where he played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Mustangs. He then went on to the University of Maine in Presque Isle, where he played soccer and graduated in 1998 with a degree in behavioral science.

Von Oesen’s dance card is full of coaching gigs as he also is the men’s and women’s soccer coach at Unity College.

He has coached the women’s program for nearly two decades and the men’s program the past eight years and also coaches Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams in the summer.

He also coached the Unity women’s basketball program 2000 to 2010.

“I enjoy the coaching aspect,” said Von Oesen, who starts preseason tryouts/practices on Monday, Nov. 19. It’s what gets you through life I think. Being able to work with kids all the way up through and instill different things in their lives.”

The veteran coach said, in regards to expectations for the Mustang boys, “There’s enough talent there to get it done, but it’ll take some work.”

“I think Chad has done a great job during his entire tenure there working with these kids,” he said. “I think it’s one of those opportunities where there’s good, younger players coming up through and I’ve talked with the coaches in our younger [recreation] programs about what their philosophies are and we’re all kind of in line.”

Von Oesen has not had a chance to work with his players yet as he was hired over the summer as the hands-off period had begun, but followed many players during the school’s soccer season and “has a pretty good idea of where we’re at.”

Von Oesen plans to preach hard-nosed defense and rebounds over “throwing a lot of shots up.”

“I think you have to let, sometimes, the teams you’re playing dictate how you play a little bit as far as your tempo,” he said. “I believe in controlled tempo, so if they [the opposition] want to be fast, I want to slow things down. At the same time, I believe defense wins games. It’s a lot easier to score 40 points than it is to score 70 points. So if you can cut team’s scoring chances down and opportunities down and keep the score lower, it makes our job easier offensively.”

Von Oesen resides in Unity and has three sons, Jorren, Jaden and Jaxen.