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Meridian High names Chatterton boys basketball coach

Mike Chatterton has been out of the high school coaching scene for five years, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his touch.

Meridian has hired the former state champion coach to take over its boys basketball program. Chatterton replaces Mike Graefe, who resigned after four seasons to take over as the school’s athletic director.

Since he stepped down at Vallivue in 2010, Chatterton has served as club director and president of the Boise Slam Basketball Club, which he founded.

But the itch to return to high school coaching never went away.

“I’m excited to get back into high school coaching and excited to be coaching at Meridian High School,” Chatterton said. “There’s been some changes since I was coaching, but there’s also some coaches that have been around a while. It will be fun to get reacquainted with some of those guys.”

Chatterton won two state championships at Vallivue, leading the Falcons to a 4A title in 2001 and a 5A title in 2008. He was named the 5A Southern Idaho Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

In his last 10 seasons with Vallivue, the Falcons advanced to state eight times.

“We are more than thrilled to hire a coach with such a proven background of accomplishment,” Graefe said. “Mike brings so much to the table in terms of his relationships with players, parents and fellow educators. Meridian boys basketball is definitely headed in the right direction.”

Chatterton, who will continue teaching health at Vallivue, is a 1986 graduate of Boise High, where he won a state championship.

He played for Idaho State and Northwest Nazarene, and led NNU to the NAIA Final Four in 1993.

Chatterton said he plans to begin assembling his coaching staff immediately.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “I think Meridian basketball has a lot of upside.”

The Warriors finished 11-11 overall and 8-8 in the 5A SIC last season. Meridian opened the season with six straight wins, which was the program’s best start since 2003.