Blog: St. Mary's tabs Pernell Baca boys' hoops coach

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The successful run of St. Mary's boys' basketball won't depart too far from the track it has been on.

On Monday, in an email to The Gazette, St. Mary's athletic director Dennis Vigil announced Pernell Baca would be taking charge of the Pirates.

Baca was an assistant under the former coach Mark Beranek and the head junior varsity coach, signaling continuity in the system.

Beranek resigned in March as the business manager at St. Mary’s and also decided to “make a clean break from everything and enjoy retirement,” Vigil told The Gazette then.

Beranek helmed the Pirates for five seasons.

The Pirates went 14-10 this season, reaching the round of 16 in the Class 3A state playoffs. The Pirates were just one of two teams in Colorado to hand eventual 3A state champion Colorado Springs Christian School a loss. The Pirates went 2-1 against the Lions in the Lions’ back-to-back state championship seasons.

In his five seasons, Beranek’s teams never finished below .500. They compiled a record of 72-42. They also reached the round of 16 in 2014-15.

Baca will have a chance to continue that success, but there could be a large turnover on the roster from this season's squad because of graduation.

According to the Pirates' roster on, eight seniors from the 2015-16 season squad will graduate, including the three leading scorers.

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