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Girls' basketball: Leatham steps down at Rampart

photo - Rampart girls' basketball coach Megan Leatham watches her team go through drills during practice on Jan. 19. The Rams (8-5) open 5A Metro League play Tuesday against league champ Palmer (11-2). Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE + caption
Rampart girls' basketball coach Megan Leatham watches her team go through drills during practice on Jan. 19. The Rams (8-5) open 5A Metro League play Tuesday against league champ Palmer (11-2). Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
by Brent W. New preps@gazette.com - Updated: April 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Wednesday felt like it was 1,000 hours long for Rampart girls' basketball coach Megan Leatham.

Less than two months after her team broke a league-title drought that had haunted the program for 24 years, Leatham made "one of the hardest decisions" of her life and stepped down as the head coach of the Rams.

Leatham had a 55-43 record over four seasons at Rampart, but saved the best for last as she led the Rams to a 20-6 record and a berth into the 5A state quarterfinals last year.

"It was one of the hardest conversations I've ever had to have when I told the girls today. These girls have meant so much to me," Leatham said Wednesday. "But like I tell them, you have to have priorities: Family, school, basketball and then friends. I had to keep my priorities."

Leatham admitted the decision to leave wasn't a short process, or an easy one.

However, it's one she feels confident about.

Duties as the executive director of the The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and her 6-month-old daughter didn't leave enough time for coaching, she said.

"I wouldn't feel comfortable if I couldn't give all the time I wanted to this program. It wouldn't be fair," Leatham said. "I think this was the best decision for everybody."

Rampart, meanwhile, didn't take long to find its next coach, announcing 23-year-old Ashley Miller as the program's new head coach.

Miller, who spent the last two years as the Rams' JV coach after a successful playing career at UCCS, said the expectations won't be tamed for the Rams.

Led by The Gazette Girls' Basketball Peak Performer of the Year Cassidy Budge, the 2014-15 Rams look experienced enough to defend their league title, and possibly drive deep into the 5A state playoffs.

"We have a lot of talent returning next season, including five seniors to lead us," Miller said. "We have a great core left by coach Megan. So, we are hoping to get back to the quarterfinals, and then we'll try to get even farther from there."

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