Less than two weeks ago, Peak to Peak had neither a boys a girls basketball coach.

Now the Pumas have both, and their ties to the program are similar. On Friday, athletic director Peter Chandler announced the hiring of Dan Seidman, who will take over the girls program. Seidman was an assistant under former coach Chad Rathbun and departed before last season when Rathbun stepped down.

“My goal has always been to be a head coach, so I was pretty excited when it opened up,” said Seidman, who replaces Elwyn Davidson.

Last week, Chandler hired Matthew Smith to coach the boys squad. Smith was a former Pumas freshman coach who had been away from the program for the past two seasons.

Seidman attended Fairview High and is a University of Colorado graduate (2003). He earned his Masters in elementary education at Regis University. He understands some work is to be done with the program with the impending departure of Pumas high-scoring senior guard Katharine Kia.

“I know the team lost a lot of senior leadership last year, not only with Katharine, but Sarah Martinez, Erica Howard and others,” Seidman said. “So I’ll definitely be looking for some young players to take over.”

Seidman is familiar with many of the athletes coming through the ranks, because he is a longtime fifth-grade teacher at Peak to Peak.

“All things considered, I thought I was the guy to step in and fill that void,” Seidman said.

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