Northgate, Alhambra hire new girls basketball coaches

Some more news on the girls basketball front today. Northgate has hired Dan Middleton over from Alhambra and the school replaced him with Acalanes coach Mike Wilson. Here what will be in tomorrow’s paper:

Former girls basketball assistants at Northgate and Alhambra are heading back home after brief head coaching stints at neighboring schools.
Dan Middleton, who spent the last two seasons as Alhambra’s head coach, is back at Northgate, this time as the head coach.
He spent six years as a volunteer assistant under former Broncos coach Kelly Sopak while his two daughters played at Northgate, but left after the 2008-2009 season to try to revitalize the Alhambra program. The long commute to Martinez and opportunity to coach at a school with a strong basketball tradition drew him back to Walnut Creek.
“It’s kind of like coming home, back to my home and back to where I started coaching,” said Middleton, who also coaches with the AAU program Cal Stars.
Middleton replaces Mark Bucklew at Northgate. Bucklew resigned after two seasons at Northgate.
Middleton’s move opened the door for Acalanes coach Mike Wilson to take the Alhambra job. Wilson has two kids at Alhambra, said athletic director Pat Ertola, who confirmed Wilson’s hiring.
A former assistant in both the boys and girls programs at Alhambra, Wilson was a varsity head coach for the first time last season.
He had a good amount of success at Acalanes as the Dons reached the Northern California Division III regional playoffs and finished with a 19-10 record.
The Acalanes job is open.

Stephanie Hammon