There's big news in Southern California prep basketball. Eric Cooper, who built La Verne Lutheran into a powerhouse as coach, is leaving the school to become head coach at Long Beach St. Anthony. And he said he's bringing with him his son, junior point guard Eric Jr., an Arizona commit.
La Verne Lutheran won two back-to-back state championships.
"Coach Cooper brings to St. Anthony a track record of proven success," Athletic Director Brian Walsh said in a statement.
That is a huge blow to LV Lutheran. This might be the end of Lutheran's basketball success.
It will be interesting to see what happens to that roster especially returners McKay Anderson, Brian Beard, and Nnamdi Okongwu.
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Any idea if Lutheran will push to make a big hire to replace Cooper? A nationwide search or just keep it local or in house?
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They hired from within Brandon Lee, who was the lead assistant. I like that hire, he is good and young basketball mind who is close with all of those players. He might be able to keep the current kids, the future I am not sure about. If he can keep the returners I mentioned previously, they can be pretty good next year without Eric Jr.