THOMAS â€” The search for a new varsity girls basketball coach has come to a conclusion as the Snake River High School announced the hiring of Rich Dunn to the position.
Dunn, who has been the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for the past three seasons will take over the helm from Steven Morton who resigned last month.
"We have had success for the past three years and when you look at all the great coaching that these girls have had in volleyball, on the soccer field with all the success that they've had and of course with girls basketball then I would have to be a fool if I didn't keep up with those things that are already here in place," Rich Dunn said. "Obviously everybody has their own touch, their own personality and I look forward to implementing some things but I have learned so much over the past three years with coach Morton. It is big shoes to fill but I feel that he has coached me along with the girls to be ready for this type of situation."
In addition to the past three years coaching experience at Snake River Dunn brings with him a vast amount of experience from over a decade of coaching experience around the area. That experience includes ten years spent at Blackfoot High School where he was an assistant with the girls basketball program, the baseball team and the football team. Dunn also was the head baseball coach at Pocatello High School and was a mainstay in the American Legion baseball circles where he had great success year in and year out.
"It truly is an honor to be able to be given the responsibility of this position and I look forward to the challenge to growing and having success with next years team," coach Dunn said.
Dunn will step into a program that has experienced a great run of success under coach Morton with a pair of district titles and two third place finishes at state. Several key members of last seasons squad will be lost to graduation which will give Dunn a challenge right from the outset of his new assignment.
"I hope that everybody in the conference will be saying exactly those type of things, that we've lost a lot and that we are rebuilding and certainly we will miss the players that we did and will have to replace them," coach Dunn said. "I will put my hat in the ring with the girls that we have coming with anyone though. In girls basketball there is so much to be said for desire, hustle and heart and the girls we have coming in I have been fortunate to be around for the past three years and I would go to battle with them anywhere and I look forward for the opportunity to do that."
One thing is for certain, the Snake River athletic program is renowned for their ability to find quality coaches that have great successes over long periods of time. Coach Dunn will be looking to extend and build upon that starting with a summer schedule that will include several camps and open gym.
"The thing that I have probably noticed the most about Snake River from anywhere that I have coached is in the three years that I've been here, whether it's been freshmen or the football team right before we went to the state championship game or girls basketball at state. Never once have we had to talk about expecting to win. It is not something that you have to address or remind people of out here at Snake River," coach Dunn said. "That is what the expectation is and that is the effort that the kids put forth."