Smoky Hill hires new softball and girls basketball coaches

Chaparral Smoky Hill softball

(Kevin Keyser/

Smoky Hill filled a couple of coaching vacancies as the school hired assistant, B.J. Kingsbaker as the new head softball coach and former Highlands Ranch assistant Rick Harris as the girls basketball coach.

Kingsbaker was on staff for last year's softball run to the Class 5A state tournament. They lost to Chaparral in eight innings in the first round.

The Buffaloes finished 14-9 last season, but only lose four seniors from that team.

Harris comes to Smoky Hill after spending more than 20 years as an assistant at Highlands Ranch. The knowledge he learned under Falcons head coach Caryn Jarocki will help to improve a team that has struggled in recent seasons.

According to the Smoky Hill Twitter account, the parents and players met with Harris at the Smoky Hill cafeteria Thursday night.