Prep basketball coaches changing colors at dizzying rate

The spinning carousel of high school boys’ basketball coaches looks more like a Rubik’s Cube lately.  All the colors are moving around, finding new landing spots – but not jumping off the cube.

A couple of weeks ago, Dan Peterson traded in his Red, White, and Blue from the Moon Valley High Rockets in Phoenix, where he has been the past couple of seasons, and donned the scarlet and gold of Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School.

Peterson has inherited a rat’s nest at Chaparral, where he becomes the fourth boys basketball head coach for the Firebirds since last November.

The guy he replaced at Chaparral is now wearing similar red and gold colors over at Seton Catholic in Chandler.  Commander King was the interim coach at Chaparral for six games last season.

King, who coached at Coconino High School in Flagstaff for seven years, replaces Ernie Pintor who resigned after last season, when the Sentinels went 8-21.

Brad Pinter also popped up in the Seton coaching search and was reportedly the other finalists before Seton picked King.  Pinter, you might recall, was let go at Basha High after last season and his forced departure has had ripple effects as a couple of their top players transferred to Dobson High School in Mesa.

And the Chaparral coach who resigned at the start of last season has also found a new home.  Aaron Windler moved over to the east side of Phoenix to slip on the maroon and gold of the Mountain Pointe High Pride.

Paul Long, a finalist for the Chaparral job, has donned the blue of Tempe High.  He was fired from the Horizon High program in Scottsdale following the 2010-11 season, after wearing the Huskies’ green for four years.

Tempe went 20-9 last season under Bryan Snyder and was playing in the 4A-II state championship game the year before.

This hire was a bit of a surprise, since Snyder, who had been directing the Tempe program for the last five years, had recommended the school hire his assistant coach, Mike Romero, as his replacement.

And to put one last spin on the carousel, Kip Barnes just resigned his position at St. Mary’s High School in downtown Phoenix, leaving his assistants to direct the school’s summer program until another head coach slips on the Knights’ kelly green and white.

Whew!  That should cover it.

It’s hard enough to keep track of the players without a scorecard.  Right now, it’s even harder to keep track of the coaches.

Even more difficult if you try to follow the colors.