Colin Darfour wasn’t in a rush to return to coaching.
But when the opportunity presented itself, he couldn’t pass it up.
Darfour, who was fired in March after leading Clark to the Class 4A state boys basketball final in his lone season at the school, confirmed Saturday he was hired as the coach at Silverado.
Darfour, 35, said he met with his new players Saturday after accepting the job Friday. He replaces Shelby Jones, who was promoted to an administrative position at the school.
“One thing that was important for me was not just jumping into any job. There was a certain criteria I had,” Darfour said. “I felt this was an awesome opportunity. There’s a good mix of experience and youth on the roster, and I know they were well coached.”
Darfour guided Clark to a 27-5 record this past season and knocked off Bishop Gorman during Southwest League play.
However, the Chargers let an eight-point lead slip away in the final 1:40 of the Class 4A state title game against Gorman and lost, 62-58.
Darfour was relieved of his coaching duties at Clark two weeks later, and the school went on to hire its former coach, Chad Beeten, as Darfour’s replacement.
Darfour, a Vo-Tech graduate and former UNLV player, has a career record of 94-70 that also includes five seasons at Mojave.
“I don’t think I have anything to prove in terms of executing game strategy and teaching fundamentals,” Darfour said. “I think competitors always have something to prove, at least to themselves.
“I’m always competing with my past, and I always want to do better than I’ve done before. I want to prove to myself I can get back and lead a program back to that stage we were at. But at the same time, I know it’s a process to develop a program where you deserve to be there.”
Silverado went 30-26 in two seasons under Jones. The Skyhawks made a stunning turnaround in 2015-16, reaching the Sunrise Region semifinals after winning one game the previous season.
Silverado is expected to return four of its top five scorers from last season’s team that went 11-17.
“With new opportunity comes new challenges that I’m ready to accept,” Darfour said. “I’m coming into a good situation with a supportive group of players who want to improve and get to the highest level we can push them to.”
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