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Anthony Iannone out as El Dorado’s girls basketball coach

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Third-year El Dorado girls basketball coach Anthony Iannone, who has been on leave since early December, will not return to the Golden Hawks’ program, Principal Joey Davis announced to the school community Thursday.

“Head Coach Anthony Iannone will no longer be serving in this program, and to provide continuity in the remaining weeks, coaches (Anthony) Tappan and Robinson will continue to coach the varsity team,” Davis wrote in email to school families. “Junior varsity coach Danielle Rumary will continue to work with the JV Team.”

Davis didn’t cite a reason for the separation but stated the search for a new coach has begun.

On Dec. 8 and six teams into El Dorado’s season, Davis announced to the girls basketball families that Iannone “decided to take a leave of absence effective immediately.”

“We do not have a timeline for his return to coaching at this time,” Davis added.

Since the announcement, Iannone’s daughter Amya, a senior, completed a change of residence transfer to Crestview League rival Esperanza, which plays at El Dorado on Friday night.

Iannone’s daughter Alexandria resigned as the junior varsity coach, parents in the program stated in a letter to the Placentia-Yorba Linda district.

El Dorado, ranked No. 25 in Orange County, is 10-9 overall, 0-1 in the four-team Crestview League. Esperanza is ranked No. 13 but could potentially climb after playing well against Mater Dei on Monday.

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