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Sandusky coach heading to Toledo

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Sandusky High School is searching for its seventh varsity boys basketball coach in four seasons.

Anthony Stacey, hired April 26 as the boys coach and a district administrator, announced Monday he has accepted a job as an assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Toledo.

"For him, it's a great opportunity, but for us, it's going back to the drawing board a little bit," district superintendent Eugene Sanders told the Register on Monday evening.

Stacey is the all-time scoring leader for Bowling Green State University's men's basketball team and also played professional basketball in Europe for more than 10 years.

In addition to his new coaching position with Sandusky High School, Stacey was set to serve as the family and community liaison for Sandusky Digital Academy, formerly known as Compass Academy.

The academy allows district students in grades 7-12 to receive a high school diploma through online schooling.

Stacey would have received $50,500 a year in the academy's new administrative role, in addition to a basketball stipend of about $6,000, said district athletic and activities director Shawn Coakley.

His position with the University of Toledo will land him more than $100,000 annually, according to a Monday news release from Sandusky Schools.

District officials plan to repost both of Stacey's vacant jobs and conduct separate interviews for both positions as soon as possible. 

They hope to hire a new coach in less than two weeks, and a new liaison for Sandusky Digital Academy by the start of the school year, according to the release.

"The summer is an important time for our athletic programs, as we are conditioning for the upcoming seasons, and the boys basketball program is among our highest priority," Coakley said.

Sandusky High School's varsity boys basketball coach position has been marred by inconsistency since the 2011-12 winter sports season.

Three of the school's coaches worked with the team for one season each, while two resigned before coaching a single game after arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nonetheless, Sandusky Schools officials noted the upsides of Stacey's hire, despite his brief tenure.

The new position affirms the district selected a quality candidate, and will also nurture new opportunities, they said.

"(This) gives the Sandusky basketball program direct access to a Division I college coach and, in the end, this will be a benefit for our program and for our student-athletes," Sanders said. "The downside, however, is we must go out and search again."

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