Girls basketball: Logan named new head coach

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By Mike Cote

Tarah Logan will be the new head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.

Logan, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1990, was selected from a pool of six interviewed candidates, the LAHS athletic department announced this morning.

She will replace longtime head coach Gerry Washburn, who resigned from the girls basketball program in May to take an administrative position at Los Alamos Middle School.

When she officially steps into the post Aug. 11, it will be her first formal prep basketball coaching position.

Two panels, one made up of five girls basketball players and one made up of school officials, interviewed all six candidates Tuesday.

“My first concern is to get the kids together, do a sit-down with them and see where we are,” Logan said this morning. “This is a good program and I want to make it a great program.”

Logan, who attended Los Alamos and played basketball for Washburn’s predecessor, Tim Van Hecke, was formerly known as Kristie Bell.

Following her graduation in 1990, Logan attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., playing basketball and volleyball there.

She graduated from the academy in 1994, but stayed on with the Coast Guard until 2000, when she returned to Los Alamos.

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