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Monroe hires girls basketball coach

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By Kevin Brown
Herald Writer
In their search for a girls basketball coach, officials at Monroe High School found what they were looking for right under their own roof.
Athletic director Brett Wille announced Monday that Matt Chalfant has been hired to fill the position. Chalfant spent the past three seasons as the junior-varsity coach in the school's boys basketball program.
"It's always been a goal of mine to be a head coach and just felt like it was the right timing," Chalfant said of his decision to apply for the job. "I was blessed to work with a great staff on the boys side. (Head coach) Nick Wold and (assistant) Dan Bare have been great mentors to me."
Chalfant was one of seven candidates for the job, Wille said. In his interview, Chalfant presented a detailed plan for the program that covered, among other things, team building, fund-raising and offseason conditioning. The whole package was "pretty impressive," Wille said.
"One of my strengths as a coach is to organize and to plan," Chalfant said. "I did as much as I could before the interview to plan out the (offseason)."
Chalfant, a special-ed instructor at Monroe, is a 2001 graduate of Sehome High School in Bellingham, where he played football and basketball.
He inherits a team that posted an 8-12 record and missed the playoffs in an eventful 2011-12 season. Head coach Brian Pane resigned 10 games into the season, forcing Wille to take over as interim coach.
The Bearcats went 6-4 under Wille, and Chalfant said he sees considerable potential in the program.
"There is a lot of experience coming back," he said. "We are real excited about the opportunity coming up."
So excited, in fact, that the 2012-13 season can't get here soon enough for the new coach.
"I'm itching to get on the floor right now," Chalfant said.
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