From now on, all the teams who take the floor at Carson High School’s main gym will be playing at Tom Andreasen Court.
The Carson City School District Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the proposal at its meeting Tuesday to name the floor at Morse Burley Gym in honor of the legendary coach and educator, who died in December of cancer at the age of 71.
No specifics were mentioned as far when the floor would be dedicated Tom Andreasen Court at Morse Burley Gym, but it’s logical the official dedication of Tom Andreasen Court would take place some time during the 2016-2017 basketball season.
U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei, who was at Tuesday’s school board meeting and played on Andreasen’s 1975 state title time at Carson High, made the proposal to name the court in his former coach’s honor.
Also at the meeting were Andreasen’s wife, Sharon, and his daughter, Shari, who has followed in his father’s footsteps as a coach.
“I really appreciate the board, that you are willing to honor him,” Sharon said. “I think he deserves it.”
“It means a lot to us,” said Shari as she fought back tears. “It means a lot to our family.”
Andreasen played all four years on the varsity basketball team at Storey County High School, helping the Muckers to win the state title as a freshman in 1959 and as a senior in 1962.
He went on to play basketball at the University of Nevada.
Andreasen went on to coach Virginia City to the state title in 1972 before coming to Carson the following year. He coached the Senators to three straight state tournament appearances, culminating with the state tchampionship in 1975.
He went on to become Carson High’s athletic director and served as the co-director of the state basketball tournament through the 1980s and early 1990s.
He’s also a member of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame.