Scarlett hoping to be starlet for Lady Demons

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GOLDEN — Jeffco’s oldest and most senior-laden team just hired the youngest head basketball coach in the league.

Shea Scarlett has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Golden Demons girls’ basketball program.

The 26-year-old is a former Ralston Valley Mustang who is very familiar with Jeffco hoops.

Scarlett has previously been coaching at Emporia State University as an assistant over the past couple seasons but he is also off the John Anderson-coaching tree, having served under the longtime boy’s varsity coach as a junior varsity coach four years ago.

“I am really excited about the opportunity. I had my eye on this job for a while,” Scarlett said.

His familiarity with Jeffco basketball is likely what helped land the very young coach the gig. A recommendation from an old rival in Anderson was perhaps what pushed Scarlett over the top.

Anderson was also very familiar with Scarlett from coaching against him when Ralston Valley was a 4A rival of Golden’s years ago.

“He was a great player, and he is going to be a great coach. Golden got a good one in Shea Scarlett,” Anderson said.

But as a former men’s collegiate coach, why did Scarlett have his eye on the Lady Demons’ gig?

“I coached a girl’s club basketball team one summer and it made me enjoy coaching girls. It’s a whole different deal and it is a big adjustment for not only the girls but for me as well,” Scarlett said.

However, while most new coaches — no matter what the sport — take over struggling programs, Scarlett is taking over a team that has a chance to be the best in 4A Jeffco.

“Most of the time when a coaching change happens you are coming into a struggling situation. But I am coming into a great situation and I couldn’t be happier,” Scarlett said.

The Demons finished 12-12 last season. But they also lost just one senior to graduation and returning is Haley Blodgett, perhaps the best players in all of Jeffco, both 4A and 5A.

Golden is expected to push D’Evelyn this season for a league title and they perhaps even have the goods to make a deep playoff run.

“Coach Scarlett has taught us a lot already and he has us really excited about what we can be this season,” Blodgett said.

In addition, longtime Jeffco coach Tom Baker as named the girl’s junior varsity coach.