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When Matt Fox moved to Boulder on Jan. 17, he had no idea the Boulder High boys lacrosse coaching job was open.

When he called the school soon after his arrival, the transplant from Michigan was looking merely to volunteer with the program and stay involved in coaching in some capacity. In fact, it wasn’t until Fox took his freshman son to sign up for the team that Fox learned the Panthers were hiring.

Now a whirlwind winter for the Fox family has gotten even busier as the seven-year assistant at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School was hired last weekend as just the second coach in BHS lacrosse history.

“It happened quick, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Fox, 40, said Wednesday. “The lacrosse community has been really welcoming and supportive of the new guy.”

Fox replaces Matt Kelley, who led the BHS program since the Boulder Valley School District team split into separate squads at Boulder, Fairview and Monarch 10 years ago.

Kelley resigned last month to help his wife prepare for the arrival of twins this spring. Fox beat out five other candidates in what had to be a quick hiring process given that spring practice begins Feb. 27.

“He had a lot of charisma and confidence,” BHS athletic director Melissa Warfield said. “He did his research. He just knew some things he thought he could take care of right away that could help out.”

Fox and his family moved to Boulder after he got a job as a funeral director with Denver Mortuary Service in Wheat Ridge. His oldest daughter is a high school senior back in Michigan and will enroll at Colorado State in the fall. In addition to his freshman son, he has a daughter in sixth grade as well.

“It’s a busy time in my life, that’s for sure,” Fox said.

Fox comes from a perennially-strong Pioneer program that reached Michigan’s large-school state quarterfinals a year ago and the semifinals in 2009.

Fox, whose lone holdover from the lone coaching staff is assistant Troy Oden, said he’s excited about the foundation that Kelley built at Boulder and is eager to get started.

“I’m looking forward to see what I can do to move it even beyond,” Fox said.

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