Boys Basketball: St. Laurence names Jim Maley new coach
By Joe Henricksen For Sun-Times Media April 22, 2014 8:50PM
Updated: May 24, 2014 6:35AM
Despite the fact St. Laurence basketball went 0-11 in the Catholic League and finished with just six wins this past season, Jim Maley calls the private school in Burbank “one of the best kept secrets on the South Side.”
Maley will have a chance to sell that vision and belief as St. Laurence has hired the former coach at Kenwood.
Aside from a sectional title team that won 26 games under Tom Pallardy in 2003, St. Laurence basketball has been virtually irrelevant since it was a power in the late 1970s. Under coach Chuck Schwarz, St. Laurence won 20-plus games several times in the 1970s, including a fourth-place finish Class AA state finish in 1977 behind star player Kevin Boyle.
Maley hopes to restore some of that basketball tradition that’s been lost over the past three decades. In the past five seasons, St. Laurence has won a combined total of 31 games.
“After meeting with the leadership team, speaking with prominent alumni and seeing their first-class facilities, I truly believe that St. Laurence is one of the best kept secrets on the South Side,” Maley said Tuesday of his new job. “There are many basketball players and their parents who are in search of a school that truly prepares them for college and life thereafter, who need to be let in on that secret.
“Under my leadership, with the help of a supportive administration, I fully expect that to happen. I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity.”
It was the administration at St. Laurence that made the job so appealing to Maley, who was let go by Kenwood in March despite positive results in and out of the gym.
“During the interview process, I was overwhelmed with the confidence in the direction, vision and leadership of president Joe Martinez, principal James Muting and athletic director Tim Chandler,” said Maley, who went 46-34 in three seasons at Kenwood. “We seem to share the same set of values and beliefs, which was the deciding factor for me in taking the job.”