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John Cooper School makes splash hire with Erik DeHaven

Erik DeHaven fit the bill. Via VYPE

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HOUSTON – John Hoye wanted to ride the momentum of John Cooper's greatest season in program history when it came to attracting a top-tier candidate for the next head coach.

Erik DeHaven fit the bill.

The St. Pius X coach was formally introduced on Tuesday as John Cooper's new head coach exiting Pius X after five years, spending last season as the Panthers head coach.

"We had a really good season and we wanted to capitalize on that and I think we're at a crossroads where we've done a lot of introductory things and we have established ourselves in our early years of SPC," Hoye, the John Cooper School athletic director, said. "We've made some noise this year and I think we'll be competitive again next year. I think you always want a coach that you have confidence in to continue what you've been doing.

"I think he has the ability to do that."

DeHaven takes over John Cooper School with 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level.

"The biggest thing for me is to build something from the ground up," DeHaven said. "Cooper had a great season last year. I'm at a point in my coaching career the opportunity for the first time to really get into a K-12 school and grow them homegrown is something that really excites me."

The search was nationwide and Hoye said they received more than 70 applications. Three finalists were brought on campus and were great candidates but Hoye continued to say DeHaven stood out in the process.

In his most recent stop, DeHaven helped guide St. Pius X to a No. 1 ranking in the state and was named a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston Private School Coach of the Year Award.

"The last five years have been some of the best years of my life as far as coaching," DeHaven said about St. Pius X. "Tremendous support from the athletic director to head of schools. The kids are honestly a direct reflection of who they are from eight to three and it shows up on the field. It was a blessing and a tremendous opportunity to be there.

"Just like anything in life, I felt like the time is now."

DeHaven is taking over a young program as John Cooper School just completed its eighth season.

The Dragons are coming off their best year in program history, going 9-1 and finishing as runner-ups in the Southwest Preparatory Conference 3A State Championship game.

DeHaven wants to continue that upward trend as he takes over.


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Yates has destroyed the rims in HISD for years. Via Vype

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With the boys' basketball postseason a few short weeks away, it got us thinking. Who is the top hoop troop over the past 20 years?

During that time, 14 teams have won state titles, but only two schools have more than one. You guessed it, Yates (4) and Willowridge (2).

But who was the best team? Did they even win a state title? See the Atascocita Eagles a few years back.

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The State Champs

Cypress Falls – 2015-16

This Cy-Fair ISD team made school history, winning their first-ever hoops title. Led by five starters who were juniors, the Eagles went 35-3 and beat San Antonio Wagner to win state.

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Yates – 2013-14

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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North Shore 2013-14

SMU's Jarrey Foster and UT's Kerwin Roach led this squad to a win over Converse Judson, finishing 35-3 on the season.

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Yates – 2012-13

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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Terry – 2012-13

One of the best dual-sport athletes in 20 years led Terry to state. Terry? Derrick Griffin was the Championship Game MVP as the Rangers shocked the world. Griffin would later play football and hoops at TSU.

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Travis – 2012-13

The Harrison twins (McDonalds' All-Americans) punched their ticket to state and won the title before heading off to Kentucky.

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Yates – 2009-10

Considered the No. 1 team in the country by several media outlets, this Lions' team could be the best in school history. Joseph Young, Snap Peters and Darius Gardner left a tremendous legacy at 3rd Ward High.

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Bush – 2009-10

Jordan Clark and Darius Richardson led Bush to their first state title. It would be coach Ronnie Courtney's third state title from two different teams.

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Yates – 2008-09

Same three (Young, Peters and Gardner) led the way for the Lions' first title of the 2000s.

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Kingwood -- 2004-05

Nic Wise, the son of legendary Yates coach Greg Wise, won state with buddy Michael Singletary. Wise would move onto Arizona in college.


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