LONGMONT — After he retired from a long basketball coaching career in 2012, Myron Huey decided it was time to make a change. So he moved out to Lafayette to be closer to his son Alex Huey, who studies astrophysics at the University of Colorado.
But a coach will always be a coach.
It took just one year for Myron Huey to miss coaching so badly that he started looking around for a way to fill the void. In an opening at Longmont Christian High School, the big-school coaching veteran found a way to fill the void.
Starting this winter, Myron Huey will be the new head boys basketball coach at Longmont Christian High School.
“Last year I didn’t coach and it just ate me alive,” Huey said. “I came out here to spend time with my son and this is a new experience for me. I’ve always been at really big schools with 2,700 or 3,000 kids. I went to small school until I got to high school and I really like that Longmont Christian is a good group of people who are really concerned about the kids. I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity.”
Huey retired from coaching at Countryside High School a 7A school in Clearwater, Fla., in 2012, ending a coaching career that spanned over 30 years in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida. At age 64, Huey replaces former basketball coach Jerry Martin, who returned home to take job as athletic director and boys basketball coach at School of the Ozarks.
With Martin went his son and the Warriors’ leading scorer, Cade (15.3 points per game). The Warriors also graduated four seniors — John Cocannouer (10.2), Dylan Wehrli (10.2), Josaih Bolyard (7.3) and Lonnie Kee (4.9) — who were the second, third and fourth leading scorers last season’s team that finished 11-10.
Huey, who met the current players accidentally in the hallway of the school when he was interviewing for the job, said it will be interesting to join the program in a rebuilding year.
“We’ve got a lot of really young kids,” Huey said. “There are no starters back from last year. I did some scout work and we have exactly eight points back out of all the players so we’re rebuilding. But I’ve done that before and I really like doing that. It’s kind of a long-term and a short-term process.”
Huey also taught English for over 30 years but will solely coach basketball at Longmont Christian. His son, Alex Huey, who was named the top defensive player at the Georgetown summer basketball camp in 2009, will help coach the Warriors.
“The coach before me was here for a long time and I got the impression that he’d done a really good job,” Huey said. “I think we are young and maybe we will be underdogs for a while but I like that and I think we can change that.”
In turn, the Warriors hope Huey’s vast coaching experience, including coaching 13-year NBA veteran Rex Chapman and numerous Division-I recruits in high school, will get the program over the hump of six straight seasons hovering around the .500 mark.
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