The Desert Vista boys basketball position was expected to be a highly sought-after position.
The list of potential candidates being floated about heading into Wednesday’s interviews would seem to confirm that along with continuing the DV administration’s track record of not being afraid to tap into a pool of coaches outside of the high school realm for a program leader.
Here are some of the names expected to make their way to DV offices on Wednesday:
Scott Lovely – He has coached at South Mountain as an assistant and Westwind Prep, but is most known for his time at Highland and Arcadia. In a 16 year career, Coach Lovely has compiled an overall record of 256 wins and 192 losses with a .571 career win percentage.
Brad Pinter – Resigned from the Basha boys job after the 2011-12 season in somewhat odd circumstances as the Bears were primed for a great season the following year with three Division I quality players (although they ended up transferring). Pinter went 95-49 in his five seasons at Basha. The team made the state semifinals in 2007-08. He is now at Arizona Power Basketball Academy.
Mike Ellsworth – Ellsworth resigned from the Chandler boys program after last season, his ninth with the Wolves. Ellsworth, who coached at Trevor Browne for 14 years before taking over Chandler, didn’t have a lot of success with Chandler with only two teams finishing above .500 for a career mark of 95-154.
Robb Floco – Took over two troubled programs – Desert Ridge and Casa Grande – and made them respectable with playoff appearances. He has been in the collegiate ranks for the most part since 2007 when he resigned after one year at Desert Ridge.
Tony Darden – The only candidate with a current high school coaching job, Darden has coached the Coronado boys basketball teams the last two years (15-36). He was an assistant with Tempe when the Buffaloes made the semifinals in 2010-11.
District candidate – There are a few that pop in mind, but don’t want to throw somebody out there to create a stir within the program although the one I am thinking of is a proven winner.
This could be a partial list or maybe it is completely wrong. Thunder athletic director T.J. Snyder has not returned several attempts to reach him so this is just what has been speculated by those in the know.
The answer will be known soon enough.
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