April 12, 2005
A strong four-year run at Desert Vista apparently sold Mountain View on choosing Henry Bribiescas as the school’s next girls basketball coach.
Mountain View athletic director A.J. Sligh confirmed the decision Monday.
Bribiescas, an assistant at Dobson High prior to landing the head coaching job at Desert Vista beginning with the 2001-02 season, guided the Thunder to the 5A state tournament the last three seasons, as well as to three consecutive Central Region crowns.
Desert Vista reached the first round of state in 2002-03, finished state runner-up to Phoenix St. Mary’s in 2003-04 and advanced to the state semifinals last month in losing to eventual champ Highland. Bribiescas’ hiring needs school board approval to become official.
Bribiescas takes over for Tom Bunger, who was fired despite a 129-64 record the last six seasons.
Bribiescas said it will be hard leaving a school that had come into its own as a solid title contender with a nucleus of good, young players coming back next year.
‘‘Very difficult and not a decision you want to make that soon,’’ Bribiescas said. ‘‘Mountain View’s program is very good, and what the school offers me professionally and academically makes it a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up.’’
Desert Vista posted a combined record of 84-34 in four years under Bribiescas, including a 72-17 mark the last three seasons. The Thunder won 20 games each of the last three seasons and were 24-0 in region play. The 28-5 mark last season set a school record for wins in a season. Coming over with Bribiescas will be his varsity assistant, Skip Roberts, a member of the Desert Vista staff the last three seasons.
‘‘I’m coming to a quality program with built-in work ethic,’’ Bribiescas said. ‘‘They won 20 games last year despite a lot of season-ending injuries.’’