Boys basketball: Huey bids adieu to Longmont Christian after four years

LONGMONT — Myron Huey eats, sleeps, breathes and simply lives for all things basketball.

It was merely by chance that the longtime coach — who spent the first three decades of his coaching career in hoops havens like Indiana, Kentucky and Florida — ended up at Longmont Christian four years ago.

He made the most of his time on the bench for the 1A Warriors, going 58-37 over that span and getting the school to it first state tournament in 2017, where they won 22 games and a consolation title in Greeley.

“My philosophy when I take a job is to leave it in better condition then I found it,” said Huey who, along with his son Alex, will head back to Clearwater, Florida and see what the basketball future holds. “And that’s not just coaching, but kids getting better all the time.”

The 2017-18 season took its toll on not only Huey and his staff, but also his players. Without a home gym in Longmont, the Warriors commuted 25 miles north to Windsor and the Power 2 Play complex for both practices and games.

It could be argued that a majority of the teams within their Mile High League were closer to the Warriors home court than they were.

Still, they made the most of it, winning 16 games and coming within an overtime buzzer-beating layup at the regional tournament against Genoa-Hugo of returning to the state tournament.

“I have to give our kids credit, especially with the conditioning and stuff — and I’m not just talking about running — weightlifting and other things (Alex) put them through, it was and they never once wavered,” said Myron Huey, who was also assisted this season by Luke Puchino — who will continue his playing career next season at York College in Nebraska.

“We don’t have a gym, and if I’m going to travel 5,000-6,000 miles a year, I want to get some place.”

Huey, 68, leaves on great terms with the school and praises the direction the school is going under new athletic director Kami Puchino, calling her “the best AD I’ve ever worked for.”

More importantly, he leaves the program in good shape and hopes that his replacement can take what he thinks can be a better team than this years, back to the 1A state tournament.

“I just hope they get somebody that can continue the program,” said Huey, who vows to keep tabs on the Warriors from the beach in Florida. “I made some life-long friends here … but you have to have players (like Puchino and Jackson Solem) that want to come back to the program.”

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