J’Ontar Coleman made one of those decision that on the surface seems out of the ordinary, but in reality shows just how grounded he is as a man.
Coleman resigned in July as Desert Vista’s girls basketball coach after winning the Division I state title in his lone full-year as a head coach.
“I prayed on it, talked to Dr. (Anna) Battle and some other people and everyone said you have to do what you need to,” Coleman said. “I love my team to death but I need to be with my family.”
Coleman and his wife, Secora, have five children including quadruplets at the age of 2 and a soon-to-be 9 year-old in Jasmine.
“It’s just where my attention needs to be right now,” Coleman said. “I’m not done coaching forever. It’s on the backburner. Being with my family is more important right now.”
Coleman helped lead the Thunder to their first state title in February after originally taking over the program on January 10, 2013 when the head coach was suspended and eventually fired a few months into her tenure.
Coleman, who was the junior varisty coach, was picked to take over mid-season and then was named the head coach after the school went through the interview process.
It turned out to be a great decision as Coleman had the right rapport with the girls to push them to the state championship.
“I was feeling down, but someone said you put everything into that one year and got a state championship,” Coleman said. “I talked to some of the parents and they thanked me for bringing the program back to where it belongs so that makes it a little easier.”
The Thunder will essentially have their third head coach since Rachel Proudfoot resigned in June of 2012.
The job was posted on Thursday along with softball after K’Lee Arredondo resigned after one year as well.
The new girls basketball coach will have seven players who were on the roster last year including Cal commit Kristine Anigwe and Arizona State commit Sabrina Haines.
Desert Vista will be considered one of the top contenders and the new coach will walk into a very good situation.
“We, and I still say we because I am part of that team, should be among the one or two top teams,” Coleman said. “I’d tell the new coach, whoever they hire, to let them play basketball and focus on defense. I knew we had the offense, and they will again this year, so I just wanted to focus on defense, communicate and get everyone the same common ground.
“It seemed to work.”
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