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Former Monarch girls basketball coach Gail Hook, at right, will take over as the boys head coach at Erie this coming season. Hook comes to EHS with 446 career wins at the prep level.

The Erie Tigers have hired longtime Monarch girls basketball coach Gail Hook to be their next boys basketball coach, EHs athletic director Justin Carpenter announced in an email on Sunday.

Coming directly from MoHi after returning to the high school scene as a coach just last winter, Hook will be joining the Tigers with a vast amount of experience coaching at different levels of the game — including guiding girls teams in Colorado to 446 wins over the past three decades.

“Coach Hook comes with a pedigree of championship basketball that we are excited about,” Carpenter wrote in an email to the Daily Camera and other media outlets. “She is going to raise the bar and build on the great foundation set by those before her.”

Hook is well known for being Monarch’s only girls coach up until 2015, when it was at that time she decided she needed to take a break from that aspect of her professional career. However, in 2018 the coaching itch returned and the position at MoHi gave her the chance to bring Monarch back from a 4-20 record to a 14-10 record and a playoff berth in 2018-19.

Erie’s boys, meanwhile, went 35-61 in four years under Scott Melin including a 10-14 record this past season. The Tigers did make the playoffs in three of those four seasons.

However, a reputation of having teams make deep runs — not to mention her outstanding knowledge and passion for the game — has made Hook a Colorado prep coaching legend. She has one state title (Centaurus girls, 1991) and four championship game appearances overall.

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