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Bevell will be Jordan's head basketball coach after all

Published July 15, 2013 12:38 pm

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In. Out. Back in.

Former Lone Peak assistant Trace Bevell will be the Jordan boys' basketball coach after all, following a roller-coaster hiring process.

Bevell was tabbed as the Beetdiggers' head coach in May, only to have that job stripped of him — and an offer to instead be an assistant extended – in June.

But Jordan principal Tom Sherwood says Bevell will in fact be the school's next coach, though neither he nor district officials would offer details of the flip-flops.

"We did evaluate the situation and we did decide to extend him the head coaching contract," Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney said. "We think he will do a fantastic job."

Earlier this year, Jordan parted ways with coach Rob Geertsen, who led the Beetdiggers to a 17-win season in 2013 — their most wins in 29 years.

Bevell is coming off a season in which he helped coach Lone Peak to a state and national championship. Bevell coached at Western Wyoming Community College and Western Nebraska Community College before joining the Knights' staff. He was fired from Western Nebraska, however, and saw his team's 29-win season in 2003 forfeited because the team's booster club paid for part of a foreign athlete's scholarship without the school knowing, according to an Associated Press report.

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