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Eagle Point hires boys, girls coaches

Eagle Point High has hired boys and girls basketball head coaches with successful track records.

Brent McConaghy will take over the boys program, replacing Bryan Wood, while Marvin Denman is the new girls coach, replacing Paul Bell.

The hirings were announced in a release by athletic director Matt York, who said both Wood and Bell resigned.

McConaghy has had prep coaching stints in Colorado, Nevada and, most recently, Indiana. He's coached high school ball for eight years, including five as a head coach.

He's also coached AAU ball in the offseason and “understands how developing a youth program is critical to the overall success of his program,” York said in the release.

McConaghy began his coaching career at Eagle Valley High in Gypsum, Colo. He inherited a 4-17 team and in two years turned it into a co-4A Western Slope champion in 2012 with an 18-6 record, according to the Vail Daily. It was the school's first league title since 1999 and first appearance at state since 2002.

He was 8-13 his first season at Eagle Valley.

His next stop was at Bishop Manogue in Reno, Nev. The team was coming off a seven-win season and in McConaghy's two years, went 15-31, including 11-11 his final year.

Last year, he headed the Howe (Ind.) Military Academy team, winning seven games. The team was winless the previous three years.

York said he's excited to have McConaghy.

“He is organized, knows and understands the game, academics is a priority, he has a vibrant personality and is thrilled to come into this great place,” York said in the release.

Denman, who teaches fifth grade at Eagle Rock Elementary in Eagle Point, started his coaching career as a junior varsity coach for 10 years in Everett, Wash. He has 17 years of prep coaching experience.

He headed the Cascade Christian girls program for six years before stepping down following the 2013-14 season.

Under Denman, the Challengers won the league championship in 2012 and enjoyed their highest finish at the state tournament, placing third that season. Cascade Christian’s previous best placing was sixth in 2006 as a Class 2A team.

Denman was named league coach of the year twice with the Challengers and coached the East team in state all-star competition.

He didn’t have a losing season with the Challengers, who made the postseason five times during his stint.

“Needless to say, coach Denman brings many quality attributes,” York said in the release. “There is no question that his personality, winning history and coaching philosophy will persevere here.”