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Wed. June 11, 2014 | John C. Cotey | Email

Patrick Kelly, who led the Armwood girls basketball team to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 this past season, has been hired to take over the boys program.

Kelly replaces Jeff Pafunda, who went 11-12 with the boys last season. Kelly was an assistant under Pafunda in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, before replacing current East Bay boys coach Billy Teeden as the girls coach.

Kelly guided the Hawk girls to a 26-5 record last season, including a 14-0 mark in the district. The Hawks followed up their district title with playoff wins over Dixie Hollins and Mitchell, before losing in the region final. It was as far as the Hawks, led by senior stars Kiana King and Trumeeyka Hawkins, have advanced since 2000, when the team advanced to state.

In five seasons under Kelly, the team improved its record every year. Kelly finishes with a 70-60 record.  

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