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Boys' basketball 5A/4A coach of the year: Barry Clark, Air Academy

By Kevin Carmody Updated: April 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

At times this season, all Barry Clark could do was sit back and watch his Air Academy boys' basketball team methodically roll over its opponents.

It just didn't happen overnight, though.

With just 11 victories combined in his first three seasons at the helm, Clark's program took much larger strides over the next two, reaching 10 wins in both.

Then, the Kadets broke through in a big way in 2013-14, winning 10 of 14 games in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference - a league that produced two 4A state semifinalists - en route to a 19-7 campaign, their most successful since winning the state title in 1989.

"This year was the culmination of three years of dedication from our staff and players, coming together. These guys were the ultimate team with no one superstar. They made coaching easy."

No player in the Air Academy starting five averaged fewer than 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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