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Boys Basketball: Coaching vacancies open at St. Laurence, Lincoln-Way West

Mark Sevedge | File photo

Mark Sevedge | File photo

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Updated: April 21, 2014 6:56PM



The boys basketball season officially isn’t over, but two more coaching positions have become vacant.

St. Laurence decided to move in another direction, ending the five-year tenure of coach Mark Sevedge, while Lincoln-Way West’s Jon White resigned after two seasons.

Those two announcements follow the resignation a few weeks ago of John Chappetto at Richards.

St. Laurence compiled a 31-106 record under Sevedge, including 6-22 this season. The Vikings haven’t finished above .500 since the 2002-03 season, when they were 26-7 and won a sectional.

St. Laurence athletic director Tim Chandler decided a change was necessary.

“I want to thank coach Sevedge for his 11 years of dedication to the St. Laurence basketball program,” Chandler said in a statement. “A decision like this is never easy, especially with a coach who is so passionate about the school.

“However, I felt that a change in leadership in the basketball program was necessary for the long-term success of the program.”

Chandler has an idea of what type of coach he’s seeking.

“We’re looking for someone who has knowledge of the Catholic League and has ties to the Chicago basketball world; someone with name recognition and who can attract some of the top talent to St. Laurence,” Chandler said.

“We’re not opposed to a candidate who has only assistant coaching experience. We’d prefer someone with strong ties to AAU. We’re going to put a committee together and find the guy.”

For White, the decision to resign from Lincoln-Way West was difficult. The Warriors appear on the upswing. They finished 12-14 this season after going 3-24 in White’s first season. There’s considerable optimism for the future with 6-foot-7 sophomore Jon Marotta and freshman point guard Marco Pettinato expected to get better. Marotta averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Pettinato averaged 12 points this season.

White, however, found it tough juggling the responsibilities of running a varsity program and spending time with his wife and a 2-year-old son, Mason.

“I’m leaving one family for consideration of another family,” White, 31, said. “It was a tough decision. I’m going to wait till my little guy gets older and get back into coaching. But whoever gets this job has some really, really good pieces to work with.”



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