Dennis Latimore will be the third coach in as many years as he takes the helm of the Chino Hills High School boys basketball program next season.
He will replace Stephan Gilling whose team went 30-3 in his only season.
Gilling was a walk-on coach and did not work full-time at the school. The school district policy is to open a job to candidates on campus first and only seek the off-campus coach if a suitable candidate is not found.
Latimore, whose appointment was approved at tonight’s board meeting, is an English teacher at the school, starting in that role in January.
He played college basketball at both Arizona and Notre Dame, spending his first two seasons (2001-2003) at Arizona, then spending the last two (2003-2005) playing for the Fighting Irish, earning his B.A. in English from Notre Dame.
He also earned a Master’s in Urban education from Loyola Marymount.
Latimore served as head coach for View Park High School for two years, leading the team to the 2014 CIF Division 5 Los Angeles City Section championship as well as the Division V Southern California Regional final of the state playoffs. His team was 23-6 in that run.
Chino Hills does graduate LiAngelo Ball but still could be a formidable foe the coming season. The youngest Ball brother, LaMelo, will be a junior, as will be big man Onyeka Okongwu, although rumors have persisted that both could be going elsewhere next season.