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FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls basketball team will be under new direction this season.

Brady Rivers will take over the program, bringing a wealth of coaching experience, success and plans for the future of the program.

“One thing that stood out was how prepared he was,” Farmington athletic director Seth Martinez said. “We talked about what the future for the program as a whole might look like. He has a plan for the program’s longevity, and that was pretty appealing.”

Martinez said part of Rivers’ plan to build the team involves implementing a strong summer program that will reach into the middle schools, which will help the transition of players to the varsity level.

But the bigger portion of his plan is to build the program’s foundation around values that the Lady Scorps can follow on and off the court.

“We’re going to instill four core values we want to build the program around: character, fundamentals, hard work and toughness,” Rivers said. “That will be our foundation and build everything from there.”

Rivers most recently held an assistant coaching position from the 2013-14 season through 2015-16 with the Piedra Vista boys basketball team. Before that, he spent three years leading the girls team at Shiprock High, compiling a 63-27 record from the 2009-10 season through 2011-12. During his time at Shiprock, the Lady Chieftains won two district titles, reached the state tournament each year and had state runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011.

Rivers initially didn’t plan to take a head coaching job for the upcoming season, but he said the opportunity to lead a program with the rich history the Lady Scorps have was too good to pass up.

“Looking at their tradition, and what Mr. Martinez was looking for, it was a perfect situation. It honestly wasn’t something I was looking to get back into right now, but when the opportunity popped up, I figured it was the perfect opportunity, and I couldn’t pass it up.”

Rivers takes over the program for Danny Secrest, who resigned following the 2015-16 season. In his four years leading the Lady Scorps, Secrest posted a 50-57 overall record and made the state tournament in 2015 and 2016.

After accepting the coaching position, Rivers spoke with Secrest and said he plans to run a similar offense as his predecessor while implementing his own style.

“Coach Secrest did a really good job. He did a lot of dribble drive, spreading the court types of offenses, and we’re going to do some of those things,” Rivers said. “On defense, we’re going to mix things up. We’ll have a full-court press, half-court trap, a little bit of zone and a lot of man. We’ll be doing a lot of different things.”

Farmington’s first game is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Los Alamos.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.

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