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Boys basketball: King leaves LA to take job in Clovis

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Head coach resigns after just one year, search is on for new head coach

Matt King, the former head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, announced his resignation late last month, just a little over a year after being hired.
King confirmed he’d stepped down from his post to take over the head coaching job at Clovis High School.
Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms, who had been in Texas with her family when she got the news about King, said she’d gotten several phone calls and e-mails inquiring about the position almost immediately after she’d posted the head coaching vacancy on the New Mexico Activities Association’s website.
Nelms said she was surprised by King’s departure. Although Nelms was aware that King had talked to and interviewed with Clovis, she didn’t think that would result in his hiring.
“I wish Matt the best of luck,” she said. “I’m disappointed he’s not back with the kids, but I can only wish him the best. I hope it’s the right decision for him and his family.”
Los Alamos Public Schools announced it wants applications for the position by Thursday and will start the interview process early next week.
King was hired in May 2010 to replace retiring head coach Alan Kirk. Along with taking over the Hilltoppers’ program, King was also hired as an English teacher at the high school.


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