Dustin Cooper expected to be new Mesquite boys basketball coach; other updates
Skyline associate boys basketball coach Dustin Cooper is expected to be named Mesquite’s new varsity coach following approval during Tuesday night’s Gilbert school district board meeting.
Cooper would replace John Burns, who left after two seasons to take over the Basha program. Burns went 27-26 in his tenure with the Wildcats.
Cooper was also the junior varsity coach and is the Assistant Executive Director of the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association. He coordinates the ABCA All-Star games, which showcase the state’s best players in a string of exhibition matchups. This year’s games will take place on Saturday at Mesa Community College.
Cooper played at Morningside College and began his coaching career as an assistant at Sioux City East in Iowa. He moved to Arizona in 2005 to begin teaching and coaching at the school. Skyline went 7-18 last season.
Mesquite went 14-12 last season but missed the Division I postseason. The Wildcats’ four most productive players – including Sami Bzai, who averaged 21.0 points and 3.6 rebounds – were seniors, so the team will have a new look next season. Sophomore Tre Myles (4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds) is the top returner.
Chaparral is close to finding a replacement for Damin Lopez, who was fired as boys basketball coach after less than a season on the job. Former Horizon coach Paul Long and current Phoenix Moon Valley coach Dan Peterson are the finalists, according to sources.
Seton Catholic is in the midst of its search for a new boys basketball coach to replace Ernie Pintor, who resigned earlier this month. Athletic director Bob Bitler said he expects to name a coach by the first or second week in June. Former Chaparral coach Commander King is a possible candidate to replace Pintor.