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Providence tabs Chris Madigan as new boys' basketball coach

Basketball: Coach with wealth of experience takes over the Pioneers program after recently guiding St. John Bosco.

October 08, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

With the opening of the boys' basketball season less than two months away, administrators at Providence High didn't want to waste time finding a new coach.

Less than three weeks after Earnest Baskerville resigned to take the head coaching job at La Salle, the school made it official Tuesday that it has hired former St. John Bosco Coach Chris Madigan to take over the Pioneers program.

"The key for us, instead of the timing, was the quality of the person we wanted to get for the job," Providence Athletic Director Andrew Bencze said. "We really wanted to be able to get a quality head coach and it's extremely hard to do that right now because most of the coaches are set with their schools and we didn't want to necessarily take a coach away from their current job. In order to do that, you need a little luck."

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Bencze said Madigan brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Providence program.

"I think he has something like 23 years coaching experience," said Bencze, who also serves as the school's girls' basketball coach. "He has coached in the Trinity League and he knows how to coach at a very high level. So, we were really thrilled that we were able to get him and things worked out."

Madigan was most recently the head coach at Bellflower St. John Bosco, where he headed the program for seven years. During his tenure with the Braves, he had a 116-78 record and just one losing season. During his tenure, St. John Bosco's best season was in 2010-11, when it went 21-9 and finished third in the Trinity League with a 4-6 mark. The Braves advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs that year, losing to Atascadero, 60-47.

"This is just a very good situation for me to be at Providence right now," Madigan said. "I am excited to be taking over the program and what had really impressed me about the school, even more than basketball, is that they really stress academics and it's clear that academics are No. 1 at the school.

"I am just happy to be back in high school and coaching young people and helping them grow as individuals."

Prior to St. John Bosco, Madigan, who graduated from Long Beach State, was the head coach at Fountain Valley for four years. In addition, he has held assistant positions at Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Harbor Junior College and Bishop Montgomery.

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