Eric Steinert turned a five-win program into a 12-win program in one season.
Now he gets to see what he can do with a 20-win program.
On Tuesday, Doherty announced Steinert would be taking over the boys’ basketball program, coming off back-to-back 20-plus win seasons.
“I was really excited to get the job, there’s no doubt,” Steinert told The Gazette. “I think everyone knows how good of a job Doherty really is, not just basketball, but the community.”
Doherty’s athletic department announced the hire via its Twitter handle.
Steinert was the Elizabeth boys’ basketball coach for one season. He took a 5-18 team and turned it into a 12-13 program.
The Spartans went 20-4 last season and ran the table in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League, going 12-0. The Spartans lost their first game of the state playoffs. The season before, Doherty went 22-4, won the conference and reached the state quarterfinals.
But coach Jarris Krapcha left at the end of the 2016-17 season to take over at Eaglecrest.
“I think Doherty is one of those jobs that has a chance to be successful every year,” Steinert said. “A lot of times you’re at places you build for one year and you have a couple good players. This is the type of place that you can have success every single year just because of the quality and the depth, the type of buy-in you get from places like that, the type of support from everybody that’s involved.”
Steinert first started coaching in Alabama, where he graduated high school and college (Auburn).
After being in Colorado for a couple of seasons (he was also an assistant at Legend under Kevin Boley) he understands the difference between Alabama hoops and Colorado hoops.
“The game is very different,” Steinert said. “I’d say Colorado is a very skilled game. You’ve really got to be prepared, maybe a little less up and down, but a lot more skilled.”
He points to his season at Legend as a key reason he got both the Elizabeth and Doherty jobs.
“My year at Legend was invaluable,” Steinert said. “Coach Boley runs a phenomenal program.”
The Spartans had five seniors last season, three of them among the team’s leading scorers. But a pair of juniors who averaged the second- and third-most points should return.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, they’ve got tons of depth and lots of good players returning,” he said. “Everything I’ve seen on film, we’ve got good players coming back and players that want to be really good.”