BHS names Kappeli girls b-ball head coach |

BHS names Kappeli girls b-ball head coach

G. Sean Kelly
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Basalt High School decided to promote from within to fill its girls basketball head coaching position.

Basalt athletic director Michael Green announced Wednesday that Terry Kappeli, the junior varsity boys coach for the Basalt Longhorns last season, will take the reins of the Basalt girls squad.

Kappeli succeeds Debbie Alcorta, who was dismissed late this summer after being arrested at a Colorado State Patrol checkpoint for an alleged drunken driving offense.

“We were kind of in a quandary because everything happened so late,” Green said.

“The girls know who [Kappeli] is and look up to him as a father figure. It breeds a little familiarity, instead of having somebody totally new and totally different.”

With both of Kappeli’s children in college after graduating from BHS, it’s also the right time for Kappeli to make the jump to a head coaching position. Kyle Kappeli graduated last year after earning all-league honors with the Longhorns, and Heather Kappeli graduated in 2001 after playing varsity basketball for four years.

While his kids were playing, Kappeli said, “I really wanted to exclude myself from being in coaching. I always wanted to coach, but felt it was better to wait.”

Kappeli waited until Kyle was a senior to take the JV position last season, but his familiarity with ‘Horns hoops goes back much farther.

“I know many of the players, especially the upper class men, very well, and I’m very active in everything that happens at the school,” Kappeli said. “I’ve kept tabs on the girls program and always supported what’s been done.”

Last season, the Lady Longhorns came within one point of qualifying for the Class 3A state championship game, losing 41-40 to Machebeuf in the semifinals. In 2002, the ‘Horns won the consolation crown.

“The expectations in the program have always been high, and we’ll continue to have those expectations,” Kappeli said.

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