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Shadow Mountain Hires James Singleton as its New Girls Basketball Head Coach

Friday , July 17 , 2020

Phoenix Shadow Mountain has named James Singleton as its new girls basketball coach.

The hiring of Singleton was finalized Thursday after Shadow Mountain Athletic Director Ron Safcik and the Paradise Valley Unified District approved him to replace Erica Farnsworth, who vacated the role in April.

Farnsworth coached Shadow Mountain for nine seasons and led the Matadors to the 4A title in 2019. She became the Phoenix Pinnacle girls basketball head coach after Rick Bunger resigned after six seasons in March. 

"Erica gave (Singleton) the recommendation, so we went through the process of interviewing some other coaches," Safcik said. "When James came in, we really liked that he has quite an extensive experience of coaching girls basketball with the club scene and he seemed to have a plan as far as keeping our program on a level that it needs to be."

Shadow Mountain went 25-4 before it lost in the 4A conference state semifinals to championship runner-up Tucson Sahuaro in February.

Singleton is co-founder and coach of the Lady Nation girls basketball club 17U with Cave Creek Cactus Shadows head coach Richie Willis and co-owner Richard Rogers.

Also, Singleton is the father of UNLV women's basketball team freshman guard Jasmine Singleton, two-time 5A defending champion Goodyear Millennium's all-time assist leader and steals leader.

"Any time you walk into a new job, you definitely want to get the culture where you want it and what you stand for," Singleton said. "That will be the first thing that I'm looking to do, just making sure culture is healthy, respectable, and build the whole program. Not just the varsity team but the freshman team and (junior varsity) team and working with the community to get them involved."

Nine seniors from the team's 12-player roster graduated in May, including The Republic's two-time All-Arizona guard Senya Rabouin and the top forward, Dyamond Butler-Worley. 

Excerpts were taken from the Arizona Republic. Read the entire article.