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A proud Coast high school basketball program is in search of a new coach

Pass Christian’s Aydarius Young drives the ball against Biloxi’s Dashawn Morgan during the second quarter of their game at Biloxi High School on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.
Pass Christian’s Aydarius Young drives the ball against Biloxi’s Dashawn Morgan during the second quarter of their game at Biloxi High School on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Pass Christian High School is in the market for a new boys basketball coach.

Willie James has decided not to return as the head coach at Pass Christian, the school’s athletic director, Tim Ladner, confirmed to the Sun Herald on Tuesday.

James informed the school in January that the 2018-19 season would be his last as the Pirates’ head coach.

“We hope to find the right coach,” Ladner said. “We have a proud basketball tradition that has been a perennial contender. We’re hoping to find someone who can carry us back to (playing for state titles).”

Ladner said that his hope is to hire a new basketball coach by mid-spring.

Pass Christian finished 19-10 under James during his first season in 2016-17, but the Pirates were a total of 18-37 over the last two seasons.

Pass Christian was a perennial contender under Buddy Kennedy, who retired after the 2015-16 campaign. The Pirates won the 2009 Class 3A state title and lost to St. Stanislaus in the 2011 Class 4A title contest.

East Central held on late to beat the Pass Christian girls basketball team on the road.

Patrick Magee is a sports writer who has covered South Mississippi for much of the last two decades. From Southern Miss to high schools, he stays on top of it all.
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