Bishop McLaughlin names Michael Slonaker boys basketball coach

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Tue. May 18, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Bishop McLaughlin announced Tuesday it has hired Michael Slonaker as boys basketball coach. Slonaker was recently an assistant at Division I Campbell University.

"This undoubtedly will be a shot in the arm for their young basketball team and a coup for the BMCHS athletic program," Bishop McLaughlin principal Sarah Regan wrote in a release. "Slonaker has a definite knack for helping to turn basketball programs around, which is exactly what the 'Canes are looking for."

Slonaker coached one season at Shorter College, an NAIA school, where his team finished with the second-most wins in program history and was ranked in the top 25. Slonaker will teach full time at the school.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Slonaker on board to lead our boys basketball team," Regan said. "He not only is a fine coach, but will be a wonderful role model for our young men, having a wonderful sense of teamwork and community."

The Hurricanes finished 1-19 last season, one season removed from the aburpt departure of former Springstead icon Greg O'Connell.

igould@tampabay.com

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