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Boop resigns at Calipatria

April 30, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

CALIPATRIA — After five successful seasons and making history, Les Boop has stepped down as girls basketball coach at Calipatria High.

He cited "in-house" problems as the reason.

"I'm also looking forward to some new challenges," Boop said this morning.

While he is leaving the Hornets he is not leaving coaching.

"I'll be coaching here in the Valley," Boop said, adding he will know where within a week.

He already has spoken with two Valley high schools about a boys or a girls basketball coaching position. He said both of those schools have struggled in recent years with losing programs and Boop is anxious to try to turn fortunes around.

He has made a habit of doing that.

At Calipatria, Boop led the Hornets into the CIF San Diego Section playoffs five straight seasons, including a first-ever appearance in the Division IV final four last winter.

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In addition, he led Calipatria to its first-ever league championship. The Hornets achieved that two years in a row, in 2000 and 2001.

Even more significant, Boop said, was Calipatria beat for the first time ever both Brawley Union and Calexico High in the same season this winter.

"I don't think people realized I won two games for every one I lost," he said.

In five seasons at Calipatria Boop went 88-44.

"It's been fun," Boop said of his tenure at Calipatria.

Prior to going to Calipatria Boop coached two successful seasons at Imperial High, leading the Lady Tigers to the playoffs both years and a final four berth.

"We also ended Holtville's long reign as champs," he said, noting the Vikings had won the league title from 1983 to 1997 before Boop and Imperial beat them.

In addition to coaching a high school program next season, Boop said he hopes to work with the Imperial Valley College's men's basketball program as an assistant coach helping with coaching as well as recruiting.

"That's where most of my contacts are, at the college level," said Boop, who grew up as a childhood friend of Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight and who coached at Utah State a couple years early in his career.

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