It was going to take a golden opportunity to get boys' basketball coach Corey Melaney out of Roy High.
Melaney thought he would lead the Royals for years to come after he quickly turned their program around. He got Roy, his alma mater, to the state semifinals for the first time in 25 years in 2007, and took them back to the state tournament this past season.
But a chance to coach at Northridge was just too much for Melaney to pass up.
Melaney was named the Knights' new boys basketball coach earlier this week. He replaces C.K. Hansen, who was forced to resign after a 3-18 season.
"It is very difficult to get out of Roy," Melaney said. "But Northridge is one place I'd move to."
Melaney won't need to be introduced to many coaches at Northridge, as he already has a good relationship with several of them, including football coach Erik Thompson. The Knights will be expecting big things out of Melaney, who helped the Royals improve by 15 wins in his first season at Roy.
"I'm real excited to start another chapter in my life," Melaney said. "I'm hoping to accomplish some of the same things over there that I did here."
Melaney's success at Roy could work against him at Northridge. The Knights are slated to play at Roy in the Royals' home opener next season. Roy built an impressive home-court advantage under Melaney, going 18-2 at home the past two seasons.
"It'll be fun, but difficult at the same time," Melaney said.
Roy has yet to hire someone to replace Melaney. His former assistant, Mike Puzey, figures to be the leading candidate to get the job.
Bonneville High also recently hired a new boys basketball coach. Jason Finder, a Bonneville assistant last season, will take over the Lakers' program.Sky View is looking to hire a new boys' basketball coach. Longtime Bobcats coach Terrell Baldwin resigned shortly after the season ended.
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