Carter hired former Rialto and Riverside North boys basketball coach Anthony Jones earlier this month for its open boys basketball position. Jones, a health teacher, was an assistant at Eisenhower in 2001-03 before coaching the Knights from 2004-07 and North from 2008-11.
Jones, who led North to an 19-11 record and a berth in the CIF-SS Division 2A quarterfinals this past season, will take over a Lion program that went 4-20 overall last season with a 3-11 record in the San Andreas League. Carter has never made the playoffs in its seven-year history.
Summit boys basketball coach Steve Hickey was officially named the school’s athletic director Wednesday night, getting approval from the Fontana Unified School District’s school board to replace Ed Kearby. Kearby was promoted to assistant principal at the high school.
“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Hickey said. “I have some big shoes to fill, because Ed did a great job of getting this thing going and building a lot of success in the five years since this school was opened.”
The 41-year-old Hickey was an integral piece of Summit’s overall athletic success, as he led the SkyHawks to the CIF-State Division II championship game this year en route to All-Sun Coach of the Year honors. But the new position might prevent Hickey from a return trip, as the veteran coach isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to coach with his new responsibilites.
“I don’t want to shortchange other sports because I’m focusing on my sport,” Hickey said. “That wouldn’t be fair and I don’t want other coaches to perceive that I’m showing favoritism to my sport. I’d like to coach, but I have to do what’s best for the athletic department first.
“I’ll have a decision by the end of August. Once school starts, I’ll see how everything works out and go from there.”
Colony athlete Bryan Harper committed to the University of Washington Tuesday according to a Rivals.com article. Harper, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete who transferred to Colony after playing quarterback at Carter the last two seasons, chose the Huskies after a recent trip to the school with teammate Robert Wagner. The three-star prospect also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Montana and New Mexico State.
Harper is the second county player to pledge to the Huskies this month, joining Cajon defensive back Damontae Kazee. Kazee, a first-team all-Sun selection last year, formally introduced his commitment to Washington June 13 after being a silent commitment for a while according to Scout.com.