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Jeppesen returns to the nest as hoops coach at Skyline

Skyline High administration didn't have to look very far to find a replacement for fired basketball coach Charlie Whiting, and they got the most successful Skyline basketball coach in school history.

Paul Jeppesen, who coached the Eagles for 17 years before stepping down in 1992, was hired Tuesday to reoccupy the position he held a decade ago.

"I'm excited and kind of apprehensive because I have been away for a while," Jeppesen said.

Jeppesen has the track record of success.

In 17 seasons, he won eight region championships, played in the semifinals four years in a row and went to the championship game one time before stepping to follow his son's high school and college basketball career.

"I hope to try and build confidence with the kids," Jeppesen said. "I know they have struggled for the last few years . . . Sometimes change shocks things around a bit."

The Eagles made the Class 5A playoffs the last two seasons but had a 10-34 record.

"I'm excited in trying something new," Jeppesen said. "It gives me a little incentive and desire to get back with the kids and work with the end of trying to bring the program back up a bit."

Jeppesen, a former Utah State University basketball player, formerly coached at Westside High in Idaho and Bear River High in Tremonton.