Pitzner hired as new girls basketball coach at Green Mountain

Green Mountain's Brecon Antrillo, middle, averaged nearly a dozen point per game for the Rams last year as a junior. (Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

LAKEWOOD — Green Mountain has named Darren Pitzner as its new girls basketball coach.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected to lead this program,” Pitzer said. “What a great place to go to school, grow up and work extremely hard in basketball. The girls here will be challenged and that challenge will come in a positive and upbeat way.”

Pitzner has nine years of coaching experience under his belt, which includes the last two years as an assistant coach for Lakewood’s girls basketball program. The Tigers had their best season in history this past winter reaching the Class 5A state championship game under head coach Chris Poisson.

Green Mountain girls basketball coach Darren Pitzner.

The previous seven years, Pitzner serviced as an assistant and head girls basketball coach in Wisconsin.

“We are extremely excited about the future of our girls basketball program,” Green Mountain athletic director Tommy Dodge said. “We feel confident that Darren has all of the tools and skills that will bring great energy, motivation and discipline to the court.”

Green Mountain is coming off a 11-14 record under coach Rudy Martin. The Rams finished tied for fifth in the competitive 4A Jeffco League. The last three 4A girls basketball state champions have come out of 4A Jeffco — Evergreen (2017) and Valor Christian (2016 and 2015).

“I’m looking forward to implementing a productive and fun summer program for the girls to gain momentum for the upcoming season,” Pitzner said.

The Rams will graduate just three seniors from last year’s team.