Dover — Western Boone has its new boys basketball coach.
Scott McClelland was named the new coach Friday, replacing Jim Merlie, who stepped down Aug. 29 before even coaching a game for the Stars.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity that (Principal Rob) Ramey, (Athletic Director) Jason Mulligan, and every one at Western Boone has provided,” McClelland said. “I am really excited. There is a lot of energy and passion from me and a lot of enthusiasm to get started and meet the kids.”
Mulligan said he liked McClelland’s experience and passion.
“We are thrilled to have Coach McClelland assume leadership of our boys basketball program,” Mulligan said. “He brings impressive experience to the position as well as energy and enthusiasm. Scott is a student of the game and passionate about basketball but even more so he wants to impact the lives of his players. I am confident he will lead our boys' basketball program to new heights."
McClelland said Western Boone’s tradition was something that enticed him.
“I think first and foremost, they have always had some success,” McClelland said. “They have a tradition of having tough, hard-nosed kids and that was a big draw to me. There is an administration that supports athletics and education. Ultimately, I am a coach, and that was a great opportunity for me and my family.”
McClelland was 25-16 the past two season at Brebeuf Jesuit. Before that he spent seven seasons at Morristown High School, going 73-78.
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