Phoenix Mountain Pointe has hired Tony Ramseyer as its new girls basketball coach, replacing Wendy Stalder.
Ramseyer also coaches boys golf at the school. He was an assistant girls basketball coach under Ed Dawson from 1995-2001, when the school reached the 5A state championship game five times. He was also an assistant under boys basketball coach Sam Ballard from 2001-2004, and has been a math teacher at the school since 1994.
“We’re going to get the ball rolling,” he said. “I’ve had opportunities in the past, but I’d like to stay at Mountain Pointe my entire career if I can. It’s been something I’ve wanted for a while.”
“It’s going to be a great experience. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The school also hired Mark Wilson as its new girls soccer coach, replacing Kirk Nelson, who’s now coaching at Chandler Hamilton. Wilson was the girls soccer coach at South Mountain Community College.
Athletic director Ian Moses said the school will conduct interviews for its vacant boys basketball position on Friday.
Scottsdale Horizon filled its vacant boys basketball coaching position Tuesday by selecting Paul Long as the successor to Randy Walker.
Long has been the head coach at Phoenix Trevor Browne the last three seasons. Long guided the Bruins to the 5A Northwest Region title and a 27-3 overall record this past season. Trevor Browne reached the 5A Division I semifinals before falling to eventual state champ Mesa Mountain View.
Horizon is still in the search process for a girls basketball coach and hopes to have a replacement by next month.
Mountain Pointe will pay tribute to the late Thornton Kipper at 4:30 p.m. Friday at its baseball field.
The baseball booster club and lettermen’s club will honor the former longtime baseball assistant with a plaque commemorating his dedication to the school and sport.
Kipper passed away in March 2006 and was a former major league pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950s. He coached at the school with his son, Bruce, from 1993-2006.