George Ward, who coached Detroit Southeastern to Class A state championship game appearances in 2011 and ’13, is the new boys basketball coach at Detroit King.
Ward, 43, coached at Southeastern for the last five years and led the Jungaleers to the Public School League final game this season. He replaces Pierre Brooks, who resigned at season’s end.
“King is one of the best jobs in the entire state of Michigan,” Ward said. “With the location, the football program _ it’s a magnet school, the alumni base is incredible. The facilities there are top-notch now. I can pull four or five football players in every year and that right there alone will make me competitive.”
At Southeastern, Ward was also the dean of students for ninth and 10th graders. But Southeastern has only 790 students while King has 1,432.
“I’ll be honest with you, I just wasn’t appreciated at Southeastern,” Ward said. “Now the community, I can tell you, loved me to death, but from the administration standpoint all of a sudden I almost felt like this job could be taken from me and I’m stuck somewhere blindfolded. I had to be proactive.”
A 1988 graduate of Detroit Cooley, where he played on consecutive Class A state championship teams, Ward also coached at Detroit Charlotte Forten Academy, Detroit Central and Oak Park.
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