Steamboat Springs The Hayden School District moved Tuesday to shore up two coaching vacancies, filling its boys and girls varsity coaching slots in time to allow the planning of summer camps and team activities.
Outgoing Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes will take the reins of the boys team from Robin Lighthizer. This school year is Luppes' last as superintendent.
Eric Hamilton, a Moffat County High School graduate who played basketball in college, will take over the girls team from Stephanie Davis.
"I'm really excited. Hayden has fantastic athletes right now and a lot more coming up," said Hamilton, who said this will be his first stint as a varsity head coach. "We are going to try a new brand of basketball. We're going to pick up the pace and play a tough, pressing defense. We want to run and gun. That's how I'm used to playing."
Hamilton, who lives near Craig but whose children started attending Hayden schools in 2007, said he's long hoped to land a head coaching job. After playing through high school in Craig, he played at Doane College in Crete, Neb., for two years.
"I've been trying to get a head coaching job since I graduated from college. It's been a lifetime dream," he said. "I watched a lot of Hayden's games last year and got to know a few of the girls. There are a lot of talented multi-sport girls there right now. We should be really tough this year and for the next few years."
Luppes could not be reached for comment Wednesday.