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Golden Valley High hires boys hoops coach

School also makes Kerri Garland permanent girls hoops coach

Posted: March 22, 2013 9:16 p.m.
Updated: March 22, 2013 9:16 p.m.
 

The most unstable coaching jobs in the Santa Clarita Valley over the last couple of years took steps toward stability on Friday.

Golden Valley hired Dan Alon as its new boys basketball head coach and removed the interim tag from Kerri Garland as its girls head basketball coach.

Alon takes over for Al Vanhook, who was originally hired last summer as the girls basketball coach, but took over the boys program last August for the interim after Myron Watkins stepped down.

The Grizzlies went 5-21 overall last season and 0-10 in the Foothill League under Vanhook.

Alon, who has coached basketball for parts of the last four decades, comes in with loads of coaching experience.

He coached at Glendale College, Harvard-Westlake and Pacific Hills high schools and was the head coach of Ribet Academy of Los Angeles, Stoneridge Prep of Simi Valley and Marymount High of Los Angeles.

He has also guided travel ball teams, including the Santa Clarita Valley-based SCV Swish, which has featured players from Golden Valley, West Ranch and Valencia high schools, including his son Josh, a Valencia sophomore.

Alon said he had goals of making Golden Valley a challenger for the Foothill League title and an annual playoff contender within three years.

“Anything is realistic. How can you put limits on human potential?” he said.

Golden Valley won Foothill League titles in 2009 and 2010 and produced NCAA Division I talent in Maverick Ahanmisi and Trevor Wiseman.

It has lost 30 straight Foothill games since that 2010 season.

“Why wouldn’t you want this job if you’re a good human being and a competitor,” Alon said. “I look at it as a blessing.”

The girls are currently in a 12-game Foothill losing streak.

Garland, a former College of the Canyons basketball player and a teacher at Golden Valley, guided a team that was 6-17 overall in 2012-13.

Yet the Grizzly girls showed promise and are expected to be competitive next season.

“I am excited to be able to return and bring more stability to the girls program at Golden Valley,” Garland said. “I am looking forward to returning all but two players from last year’s team and continuing to build and develop our skills. Although we had a tough season, I saw progress and I am confident that we will continue to grow as a team.”

Garland is the eighth head coach in the girls program’s eight seasons.

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