Bill McNees plans to watch his son play college basketball next season. Those plans interfere with being a high school basketball coach. So, McNees resigned yesterday as the boys' coach at Shenango High School after 25 years. McNees, 51, won 312 games at the New Castle school.
McNees' son, Steve, was one of the top players in the WPIAL this season and signed with Duquesne University in November. Steve McNees has not discussed his future with new Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. But no matter what happens there, Steve McNees will play somewhere next season.
"I always thought that if Steve went on to play college basketball, I'd be done," said Bill McNees. "I'd like to have the freedom in my schedule to go and watch him play. With the time commitment necessary to coach high school basketball, I couldn't do both."
McNees' best Shenango team was the 1995-96 squad that finished 27-2 and won the WPIAL Class AA championship.
"It is a little difficult walking away because anytime you close the door, there is that tentativeness," McNees said. "I've been involved in basketball either as a player or coach since I've been in fourth grade. But I have no regrets.
"When I think back of the highlights, certainly one would be coaching my son. That certainly was a pleasure. Secondly, the '96 WPIAL championship was a moment I won't ever forget."
McNees said he and his son hope to speak with Duquesne's Everhart in the next few days.
"We're certainly still very interested in Duquesne," Bill McNees said.
Brentley to Grambling
Perry quarterback Desmond Brentley will attend Grambling State University (La.). Brentley was the Post-Gazette City League Player of the Year and a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection. He threw for more than 2,000 yards each of the past two seasons.
Qiuana Brown, a forward on the Gateway girls' basketball team, will attend IUP, and Monaca guard Selena Rowan has signed with Carlow.
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