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Fired Horizon coach finds new home

Posted by on May 3, 2011 – 4:58 pm

Someone was smart enough to swiftly scoop up Josiah McDaniel from the coaching unemployment ranks, and Anthem Boulder Creek got itself a good one.

You might recall McDaniel, the former Horizon girls basketball (and golf) coach, was fired along with boys coach Paul Long during a three-day span in mid-March. This after the Huskies girls went to the state tournament semifinals for the first time in school history. Not to mention his kids and parents gave him — almost incredibly — unanimous support and cooperation.

Nobody has given a legitimate explanation to either coach or parents about their dismissal, and, shamefully, probably never will.

It still bothers McDaniel, but there’s nothing he can do at this point. Besides, he’s got a friend to commiserate with: Former Horizon boys coach Randy Walker is also at Boulder Creek.

That didn’t hurt. Neither did his resume or supporters around Horizon and a couple within the Valley who went to bat for him as a coach and teacher.

Once McDaniel finishes out teaching this school year at Horizon, he’ll manage a young Boulder Creek team coming out of developing neighborhoods, a good start toward continuing success.

When he met with administration face-to-face long before his first formal interview with them, and then the school delving into the Coaching for Life program, he was hooked.

“I wouldn’t have taken this without thinking long-term,” McDaniel said. “The way it’s set up is perfect for long-term. The logistics and community is set up so we can get to know kids at a young age.

“Definitely a place you can be successful. I’m excited about it.”

If the best “revenge” is living well, McDaniel is about to do so. Long will also see that he, too, should get back on the coaching carousel quickly if he so chooses.

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    As an adult neighbor I’ve had a chance to watch the Horizon sports program for years and it’s now a mess. The A.D.was choosen (I believe) because of her gender and another female involved in the firing was instrumental in firing the soccer coach several years ago (who upon being fired got the coaching job at U.N.L.V.)

    Two years ago I was on the Horizon opponents sideline during a football game and noticed the Horizon Principal give his boyfriend a kiss on the cheek. Wow, what a scene for these young kids to see.

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