McClain hired as Champaign Central coach


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Posted Online: April 23, 2013, 9:38 pm
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One of the state's most successful boys' basketball program hired one of the state's most successful. Champaign Central announced on Tuesday it hired Wayne McClain as head coach.

McClain, who led Peoria Manual to three consecutive Class AA state titles from 1995 through 1997, is the Maroons' seventh head coach in the last 90 years. Central has a state record-tying 24 state tournament appearances.

The Peoria native spent this past season as the director of student-athlete development on Bruce Weber's staff at Kansas State. Before that, he was an Illinois assistant for 11 years.

According to the Quincy Herald-Whig, Quincy coach Sean Taylor was a finalist for the position. Taylor, who recently completed his 10th season with the Blue Devils and a native a nearby Rantoul, told the paper Central officials contacted him regarding the vacancy.

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