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Boys Basketball: Mike O’Halloran steps down as Andrew coach

Updated: April 7, 2014 10:49PM



Mike O’Halloran, the all-time winningest boys basketball coach in Andrew’s history, has resigned, effective immediately.

“I appreciate Mike’s passion and effort,” Andrew athletic director Rich Piatchek said. “He’s a person who cares greatly for Andrew and basketball in general. We’d like to thank him for his years of service.”

O’Halloran was 120-142 over a 10-year career at the Tinley Park school. The Thunderbolts struggled much of the 2013-14 season, finishing 6-20. In 2011-12, behind brothers Jubril and Jawad Adekoya, O’Halloran guided Andrew to a program best 24-3 record.

Piatchek, who his retiring at the end of the school year, expects a decision on the new coach to be made relatively quickly. He anticipates hiring from within District 230, home of Andrew, Stagg and Sandburg.

“The job has been posted in the district,” Piatchek said. “We’re looking for a candidate that has great knowledge and passion for basketball and has the ability to teach the game to our kids in a way that can maximize their potential.”

While the search is on to fill the boys basketball coaching vacancy, Andrew has made a decision regarding its new football coach.

“We have made a recommendation to the school board, which is pending approval,” Piatchek said.

The district’s next scheduled board meeting is April 24.



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