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Trinity gets new hoops coach

Posted: August 20, 2014 10:35 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 10:35 p.m.

Jeremy Haggerty was hired as the Trinity Classical Academy's new varsity boys basketball head coach. He'll succeed John Brooks in the process. Wally Caddow/Courtesy photo

 

Jeremy Haggerty tried his best to be a sponge over the past 12 years.

And through all his learning experiences both playing and coaching in that time period, Trinity Classical Academy saw fit to appoint him as its new varsity boys basketball head coach this week.

“It’s been a long process,” said Haggerty, a Canyon High graduate. “It’s been a lot of working to achieve a dream. This is one of my dreams is to have a head coaching job and the chance to run a program.”

Haggerty takes on his first head coaching job after serving the past season as an assistant under head coach John Brooks. This past season, Trinity won the CIF-Southern Section Division VI championship, a first in school history.

“Jeremy brought in a dynamic offense and defense that was suited to our personnel and that just really brought the team to a better place,” Brooks said of his former assistant.

Before Trinity, Haggerty was an assistant coach at West Ranch High during the 2012-13 season and he spent nearly eight years on-and-off as an assistant at Canyon High.

Haggerty was a star shooting guard at Canyon before graduating in 2002.

He played a year at Community College of Southern Nevada, but the school discontinued its basketball program after the 2003 season. After that, he played a year at Eastern Arizona Community College.

After taking a break from playing while assisting under head coach Chad Phillips at Canyon High, Haggerty returned to the court to play out two more college seasons at The Master’s College in 2007-09.

“It’s just been a long process that started all the way back in ‘02 and here we are in 2014 and I’ve finally reached that point,” Haggerty said.

He inherits a team that has seen a lot of success in just four seasons of varsity play.

Brooks coached the team all four years, with the team going 69-33 overall and appearing in two straight CIF-SS divisional championship games. Trinity also made it to the CIF State Division V Championship tournament each of the last two seasons.

“It kind of worked with him coming in the time that he did because we had a lot of player with high basketball IQs and he could teach them,” Brooks said.

It could be a more difficult road to get to a third straight CIF title game as Trinity is likely to move up to a more competitive playoff division.

“I actually relish in the pressure because that’s what you coach for is those pressure situations,” Haggerty said. “So I’m excited about that. I’m excited about who we have on this team.”

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