Five Coaching Changes to Follow in 2014

28 Nov

200430632-001Players get credit for wins, however, coaches receive the blame for losses.  In anticipation of the upcoming high school basketball campaign, here are five noteworthy head coaching changes made prior to the 2014-2015 season.

George Ward (Detroit King)– Leading the Detroit Southeastern Jungaleers to the 2011 Public School League City Championship, and two Class A state championship games appearances, George Ward has made the four mile journey down East Jefferson to take over the Martin Luther King program.  After winning the 2012 city title, King has split their next 42 games going 21-21 overall.  Coach Ward has quite the reputation for producing quality basketball players, U of D Mercy’s Brandon Kearney and Dayton’s Percy Gibson both played for Ward in his time at Southeastern.

Lamonta Stone (River Rouge)– Lofton Green built a Dynasty at River Rouge in the mid-twentiefth century, amassing 12 Class B basketball titles from 1945-1984.  The Panther program overall has 14 Class B rings, the last of which, captured in 1999, was the work of Lamonta Stone.  After the 1999 season, Stone worked as an assistant coach in the college ranks, with stints at Ohio State, Eastern Michigan, and Bowling Green.  Stone brings with him, son, Lamonta Stone Jr, a senior 5’7″ point guard regarded as one of Ohio’s best.  The younger Stone already holds collegiate scholarship offers from Central Michigan, U of D Mercy, and Eastern Michigan.

Rod Watts (Westland John Glenn)– Westland John Glenn won their KLAA division and conference title a season ago.  With the retirement of Dan Young, in steps Rod Watts from Lansing Eastern.  As the head man of the Quakers for six years, Watts went a combined 97-41, his best season was the 2009-2010 campaign, finishing with 22 wins, and only three loses.  Watts has also made a name for himself in the AAU sphere with his involvement for the Michigan Mustangs basketball program.

Mychal Covington (Detroit Cornerstone)– After two years at Melvindale ABT, Coach Covington has moved onto Cornerstone, a small charter school on Detroit’s Eastside.  Cornerstone has made the decision to not be affiliated with the MHSAA this upcoming season, meaning they will not be eligible for the March playoffs, however, will have greater flexibility in scheduling games in Michigan and out of state.

Nkwane Young (Wayne Memorial)–  In Young’s past five season at Detroit Douglass, Coach Young went 78-34, winning at least 15 games each year, and leading the Hurricanes to the 2014 Class B state semi-final game.  Young has produced a plethora of athletes who went onto to continue their playing careers in college, most noteworthy was his Class of 2014, with Darrell Davis (Dayton), Terrell Hales (Cleveland State), and Andre Frederick (Robert Morris, even though he left to attend a prep school in New England prior to the start of his senior year).

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