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.
-- Staff report