New boys basketball coach named

A new boys' basketball coach has been named for Moffat County High School.

MCHS Athletic Director Jim Loughran named current Bulldog baseball coach Scott Parker as the next coach to roam the hardwood sidelines. Parker was among seven candidates to apply for the job.

"I was impressed with the way he has developed our baseball program," Loughran said. "The basketball program needs development and more interest from the public and from students."

Parker declined comment until after the baseball season is over.

The MCHS alumnus played football, basketball and baseball at Moffat County in the late 80s.

After graduating he played baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College and then for the College of the Southwest in New Mexico. After college, he worked in Fort Morgan as an assistant in baseball and football for nine years and he was the head basketball coach for five after serving as a JV coach.

"It wasn't an easy decision because of the high quality of candidates," Loughran said. "I liked what Scott had to say about the youth development programs."

Parker was a player and a JV coach under current girls' basketball coach Craig Mortensen.

"He was a fiery player," Mortensen said. "Then as a coach he was controlled and composed. He did a nice job for us."

Parker's first teaching job was in Fort Morgan. He moved back to Northwestern Colorado for the 2002-03 school year to be the head football coach of Hayden. That spring he became the head baseball coach for his alma mater.

Parker will resign as the baseball coach after this season to take over the duties as head baseball coach. He replaces Mike LeWarne, who resigned after three years as head coach citing he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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