Bayfield High School reached deep into the Bayfield community for the new leader of its varsity girls basketball program.
Ronnie Posey of Bayfield, a figure familiar to BHS athletics, will take over the Wolverines after his hiring was recommended by the BHS administration and approved by the Bayfield School Board last week.
"This is a chance to contribute as part of the Bayfield effort (in basketball)," Posey said Tuesday.
"We're excited. The girls are really excited," Posey said, adding that the team already has played 10 summer-camp games.
"I'm really thrilled so far at their effort. And the attitude is good," he said.
Posey said his family's long connection to BHS prompted him to return to the coaching ranks. A former standout prep player at Dove Creek, Posey also coached in the Dove Creek area before moving his family to Durango.
"All four of our kids went through the Bayfield system," Posey said. Daughters Carli and Megan and son Jacob all are recent BHS graduates.
Seth Posey, the youngest, will be a junior at Bayfield High School next year.
"I'm riding my kids' coattails in one sense," Posey said. "They all built good relationships (at BHS). They all performed well. So, I know the kids. They know my children."
He said coaching girls basketball also will allow him to watch his son Seth play.
"I can be involved in basketball, but not be in his road," the elder Posey said.
Posey takes over at BHS for Stephanie Dennison, who resigned in the spring. He said he's particularly pleased with two things as he's taken over the BHS girls program.
"No. 1: The girls want to play; they want to work hard. No. 2: We have assistant coaches ... who are amazing," Posey said.
He said assistants Tara Homburg and Eva Duce bring tremendous experience and spirit to the staff.
Both, he said, were candidates for the head coaching job.
But instead, the three met with athletic director Dave Preszler and created a situation where Duce and Homburg will assist Posey.
Homburg was a four-year starter as a collegiate player in Oklahoma.
Duce played then later served as a student assistant coach for coach Mark Kellogg and the Fort Lewis College women's basketball team - a team that finished as the Division II national runner-up last season.
"Dave (Preszler) said there's a way to make this work," Posey said. "It's great. They're very willing to work with me ... for me to lead, and I know, at any time, I can turn things over to them," Posey said.
"They are a great addition."