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Stacey to be introduced as SHS hoops coach today

Mark Hazelwood • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM

One of the most successful basketball players in the history of the Mid-American Conference will be calling Sandusky home.

Anthony Stacey, who had a Hall of Fame career and his number retired at Bowling Green State University, will be introduced as the head basketball coach of the Blue Streaks at 1:30 p.m. today.

Stacey, 37, spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Div. I Medina High School, where he took the Bees to a regional championship game in his first season in 2011-12, falling to Toledo Whitmer. This past season, Medina finished district runners-up with a 19-7 record.

According to a press release issued by Medina, Stacey is headed to Sandusky because he was offered full-time employment.

“Having played many times against Sandusky during my career, spending many summers in town, and having friends and family who are Blue Streaks, I have seen what a special place Sandusky is,” Stacey said in a press release from the school. “I look forward to becoming a part of the Blue Streak Nation and becoming a member of this community both on and off the court”

Stacey starred at Midview High School in Lorain County, as he scored 1,720 points and 704 rebounds for his career. As a senior in the 1994-95 season, he averaged 30.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game in earning first team All-Ohio honors.

At Bowling Green, Stacey was first team All-MAC in 1998-99 after averaging 18.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, and was named MAC Player of the Year in 1999-00 while averaging 16.8 points and 6 rebounds per game.

His No. 34 is retired at BGSU as the all-time leading scorer (1,938) as well as most steals (241). He was inducted into the BGSU Hall of Fame in 2012.

After graduation, Stacey played professional basketball in Spain for 10 years. Upon returning to the United States, Stacey was a boys varsity assistant to his father, Albert, at Admiral King in 2009-10. In 2010-11, he was an assistant with the Lorain girls program before taking on the head job at Medina.

“We are very pleased and excited to have a coach of Anthony’s caliber join our staff,” Sandusky athletic director Shawn Coakley said. “He has a proven track record as a player and as a coach”

Stacey will meet with Sandusky players this week, and will assume all duties as head coach in May.

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