Colorado Springs Christian names Jeff Platt new boys basketball coach

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Jeff Platt will replace Mark Engesser as boys basketball coach at Colorado Springs Christian. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

Colorado Springs Christian has hired Jeff Platt, a coaching veteran with a background in both the high school and college ranks, to be the school's boys basketball coach.

"I am honored and grateful to lead the boys basketball program at Colorado Springs Christian," Platt said in a statement released by the school. "Coaching at CSCS is a valued opportunity to guide and impact the lives of young people. I'm excited to work with our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administration and be a part of the CSCS community."

Platt was an assistant coach in college at West Point, Arizona State, Oklahoma Baptist and Air Force Prep.

He got his start in high school coaching at Basha High School in Arizona in 2006-07, leading the program to its first-ever winning season. He also coached at Liberty Christian in Virginia from 2011-14, going 43-31 in three seasons, and leading that program to a Final 4 appearance.

"CSCS basketball has a long tradition of excellence and success. We wanted to make sure the person taking over the program had the pedigree that met our commitment to excellence and understood our mission," Colorado Springs Christian athletic director Jason Rollins said in a statement. "Without question, I believe Jeff Platt has the background to continue our standard of excellence as well as uphold and live out our mission. We are very excited to say the least."

Platt will take over at CSCS for Mark Engesser, who stepped down from his role as boys basketball coach in March. Engesser's teams were 156-26 in seven seasons, and they won two state championships. Engesser remains as the school's girls basketball coach.

CSCS was 15-8 in 2017-18, and lost to Grand Valley in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.