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Maricopa girls basketball coach RaShawn Calvert talks with her players during a game against Gilbert Williams Field on Jan. 8, 2019, in Gilbert.

MARICOPA — After three years as the Maricopa High School girl’s basketball coach, RaShawn Calvert has resigned.

Calvert became the Rams coach in 2018 after previous head coach Melvin Mitchell. In her first season at Maricopa, Calvert led the Rams to a 21-9 record with a playoff appearance. Then, for the next two seasons, Maricopa combined for an 18-25 record.

“I’m thankful to Maricopa for giving me my first head coaching position,” Calvert told PinalCentral. “I’m grateful for my close colleagues I have met here and will deeply miss the returning players.”

Calvert did not give a reason for the resignation.

In a challenging season with the COVID-19 pandemic, Calvert and the Rams finished the 2021 season 6-11 record and placed fifth in the 6A Desert Southwest. In the last seven games of the season, the Rams were able to close out the season with four wins.

After the season, Calvert places two players at college programs. Brooke Smith signed to play at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Shakaiya Irving singed to play at NAIA McPherson College in Kansas.

Calvert is the first coach to resign after the Maricopa Unified School District voted to hire Christopher Driving Hawk as the school’s athletic director for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

This is the second time this year a head coach resigned from Maricopa. In January, football head coach Brandon Harris was the first one to leave the high school and assess other opportunities.

As for her next move, Calvert said she plans on continuing her passion in coaching basketball. She will be looking for a full-time position as a head basketball coach.

Calvert appreciates her time at Maricopa and said she loved coaching the kids. She added, “I wish the future of Maricopa the best of luck.”

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