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Horizon boys basketball coach Paul Long fired

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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:11 pm | Updated: 3:59 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Paul Long was fired on Monday after four years as coach of the Horizon boys basketball team.

He led the Huskies to a 5A Division II semifinal berth last season and the team went 16-11 this year before losing to Desert Mountain by three points in the quarterfinals.

He previously led Trevor Browne to a 27-3 record and berth in the 5A-I semifinals in 2006-07.

Long seemed surprised with the decision.

"We had a meeting on Monday and they said they wanted to go in a different direction," Long said. "That's all I can give you."

Horizon loses 5A Desert Valley Region Player of the Year Collin Woods off this year's team, but had Eric Lewis, Stephen Staats, Kye De Laveaga and Tate De Laveaga among those set to return next season.

"I'm going to miss them," Long said. "I wish them all the best. I gave my heart and soul to it for four years. I'm pretty sure they'll still be successful."

Long lives in Scottsdale and will remain as a teacher at the school. He is uncertain about his coaching future because he has three sons aged 3, 6 and 9 who he would like to spend time with.

He doesn't want to make a long commute each day, which limits his potential choices. Long said he won't actively pursue a job, but would listen if an opportunity was presented.

"It would have to be a really good fit," he said.

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