CONCORD -- Elgin Leslie has been hired as the new varsity basketball coach at Carondelet High, the school announced Thursday in a press release.
Leslie takes over from Margaret Gartner, who retired earlier this year after 22 years as head varsity coach. Leslie had worked as an assistant coach under Gartner, who built the program into one of Northern California's best, for a majority of the past 14 years.
Leslie was the girls basketball coach at Concord from 2005-06 and at Campolindo from 2011-13. With Campolindo, Leslie had a 36-20 overall record and made the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs in 2013.
In the release, Carondelet athlete director Gleam Green said Leslie "not only brings tremendous coaching experience to the Carondelet program, but he also embraces Carondelet's mission: to develop our young women in all facets of their lives, not just athletics."
Leslie, the brother of women's basketball star Lisa Leslie, has worked at all levels of the Carondelet program, including its head junior varsity basketball coach from 2006 to 2008 and its freshmen coach from 2000 to 2004.
Gartner compiled a career record of 530-133 and guided the Cougars to the 2004 Division II state championship. In the last 15 years, the Cougars reached the state finals four times and won 10 North Coast Section championships, including the last three in Division II.
"Working closely with ... Margaret Gartner these many years, I learned a very key lesson: that wins on the court matter, but it is even more important to produce strong, confident young women who know the value of teamwork and cooperation," Leslie said in the statement. "I am happy to have the opportunity to take Carondelet's varsity basketball program forward and, more importantly, to continue to contribute to the development of the wonderful young women who come through the program."