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Nampa High School announced the hiring of three new coaches for its varsity programs, including boys basketball, girls soccer and cheerleading, according to a release from the Nampa School District.

James Daye takes over the Bulldogs boys basketball team, having previously coached the girls junior varsity team. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. A graduate of North Carolina, Daye began his coaching career as a head coach at Lexington Senior High School in North Carolina, leading the boys basketball program to a state championship in his second year. He spent two years as head coach at Northeastern High School before taking a position as an assistant at Niagara Falls University. Daye returned to the high school ranks, coaching in the Buffalo School District, and led the boys’ basketball teams to several top state finishes. Daye has won more than 300 games.

Evan Curry takes over the girls soccer team. He is a graduate of The College of Idaho. Curry began his coaching career as the head varsity girls soccer coach at Vallivue High School, spending two years at Vallivue before pursuing teaching opportunities in the Boise School District. He spent one season as the JV girls soccer coach at Borah High School before taking a teaching/athletic director position in the Homedale School District. Curry will join the Nampa School District as a teacher at Greenhurst Elementary School. Along with coaching soccer, he has also coached basketball.

Kelli Rich will now head up the cheer squad. A graduate of the College of Idaho, Rich began her coaching career as the head cheerleading coach at Maranatha Christian School. She spent three years at Eureka High School in Montana, successfully implementing a competitive cheer program. Rich returned to Idaho as an assistant coach at Mountain View High School before taking over the Mountain View head cheer position for four years. She has spent the last 10 years as a competition routine judge in the state of Idaho.

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