Girls Basketball: Aurora coaching vet Robert Dennis hired at Overland

Former Grandview assistant girls basketball coach Robert Dennis, back row, second from right, celebrates the Class 5A state championship with several members of the Wolves. Dennis has been hired as the new head coach of one of Grandview’s fellow Centennial League teams, Overland. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Robert Dennis certainly knows his way around the gyms in Aurora as a girls basketball coach.

He got his start at Rangeview and has moved to various spots around the city as an assistant, including his most recent stop as part of the staff of coach Josh Ulitzky with the Grandview team that won the Class 5A state championship in March.

Dennis’ latest Aurora stop is at Overland, where he has been hired as the new head girls basketball coach, athletic director Ryan Knorr told the Sentinel Monday.

Dennis follows Wayne McDonald, a 1987 Overland graduate who guided the Trailblazers for the past four seasons and five of the past six. McDonald had a 44-75 record, with a high mark of 14-10 in 2011-12, his first season. He took off the 2012-13 campaign before he returned to the post.

In the 2016-17 season, Overland finished 8-16 and lost to ThunderRidge in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The Trailblazers had just two seniors on the roster and expect to return both of its All-Centennial League performers in sophomore Kailey Brown and junior Lyric Thompson, both second teamers. Brown and Thompson also played in the inaugural A-Town All-Stars girls game.

Dennis, an Oklahoma native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, coached at Clear Creek High School in Evergreen before he came to Rangeview prior to the 2006-07 season. He guided the Raiders for five seasons — including a 10-win season in 2007-08 — and helped the program transition from the Continental League into its current him win the EMAC.

Dennis moved on to work as an assistant at Cherokee Trail under former head coach Todd Dixon and lately as worked at Grandview under Ulitzky, who himself was the head coach at Overland previously.

Knorr said the final candidates for the job ran Overland players through drills and the players favorably responded to Dennis.

Vista PEAK also had an open girls basketball job following the retirement of Jim Bartok after three seasons, but have made no announcement yet about a hire.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel