Gail Hook returning to Monarch as girls basketball coach

Broomfield Monarch girls basketball

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Three years ago, Gail Hook left Monarch as one of the most successful girls basketball coaches in state history.

Now, she's back.

Monarch athletic director Eric Gustafson announced on Wednesday that Hook is returning as the school's girls basketball coach.

Hook coached at Monarch from 1998-2015, founding the girls basketball program when the school opened. Before that, she coached at Smoky Hill for one year, and eight seasons at Centaurus.

Hook's career record stands at 432-167. Her teams have won 10 conference championships, and advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times, the Great 8 in 12 seasons, the Final 4 eight different times, and made four championship game appearances. She led Centaurus to a state title in 1991.

Hook also has experience coaching for USA Basketball, and was an assistant at Purdue University when the team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. She also spent a season as an assistant in the WNBA in 2003.

In the three years after Hook's departure, Monarch teams were 34-38 under two coaches, including 4-20 last season.