LONGMONT – What began as a seemingly promising campaign ended in a disappointing 6-17 record for the Skyline girls basketball team in 2019-20.
Head coach Kirk Blackard resigned with roughly two weeks left in the season, creating an opening for the school to hire its fifth different girls basketball coach in the past seven seasons. So this time around, Skyline looked internally and announced this week that Scott Melin, who spent the past year as an assistant coach for the Skyline boys basketball team, as its new head girls coach.
“One of the things that drew me to the job was a need for a stable leader,” Melin said. “I think that’s something that I can provide. Building the program in a positive direction is a big focus of mine and I’m just trying to bring an upbeat, fun culture where you work hard and play hard but the student-athletes are treated like people first.”
Melin will be a familiar face to many who follow high school basketball in the northern Colorado area.
The Erie boys basketball team went 35-61 in four seasons with Melin as its head coach and posted a 10-14 record during his final campaign with the Tigers in 2018-19. Having graduated a talented group of seven seniors the previous year, the Tigers went 2-21 his first year there and finished right around the .500 mark in each of the next three seasons.
Prior to his tenure as Erie boys head coach, Melin spent five seasons there as an assistant under Tim Leahy. Before that, he was an assistant for two seasons at Centaurus. As an assistant with the Skyline boys this past year, Melin made a good enough impression to move head coach Tyler Cerveny to recommend him heavily for the open girls position.
“As a dad, I think we hired a great coach,” Cerveny said. “I’ve been working with Scott for a year and I think he’s a great coach. As a father of daughters, I wouldn’t want anyone else to coach my daughters and I think we’re lucky to have him here.”
Melin has a son named Cooper and a daughter named Daisy, and he said he became familiar with the Skyline girls program while watching the team play with his children. Now that he has the job, Melin will begin prepping for what will be his first time coaching girls basketball at the high school level.
“I was an assistant at Skyline with Tyler last year and I really got to know the Skyline student body and the community,” Melin said. “My family really fell in love with it. I have a five-and-a-half year old daughter and a seven-and-a-half year old son. When I saw the position open up, I told my daughter I was thinking about applying. The way her eyes lit up made me want to do it more. It was important to me that my daughter can see that daddy also coaches girls.”