One of the most successful boys’ basketball coaches in South Jersey history appears to have decided to accept a new challenge.
According to multiple sources, Paul Wiedeman, who spent the last 16 seasons at Haddonfield High School, is expected to be approved as the new coach at Cherokee by its board of education Wednesday night. He would replace Matt Shultz, who stepped down earlier this month after five seasons.
Sources have also indicated that current Haddon Township girls’ coach Tommie Mulligan is the top candidate to take over at Haddonfield. Mulligan directed the Hawks to an appearance in last season’s Group 1 state final, falling to New Providence 32-30.
Mulligan is 475-151 in 22 seasons.
Wiedeman declined to comment.
“I’ve been hearing rumors but I have not received a resignation from Paul,” Haddonfield athletic director Lefteris Banos said Monday afternoon. “I won’t be able to comment any further.”
Cherokee athletic director Scott Agnew and Haddon Township athletic director Todd Green could not be reached for comment.
At his alma mater, Wiedeman posted a 373-90 record – the 19th best win total in South Jersey history. He’s the winningest coach in Haddonfield history.
He directed the Bulldawgs to three straight Group 2 state titles (2004, 2005, 2006) with future Duke University 7-footer Brian Zoubek in the paint as well as five South Jersey crowns and 10 Colonial Conference championships.
Haddonfield went 23-7 this past season, losing to state finalist Camden in the South Jersey Group 2 final. The Bulldawgs finished No. 8 in the Courier-Post Top 15.
Wiedeman was an assistant at West Deptford for four seasons before replacing Phil Smart at Haddonfield for the 1999-2000 season. He defeated the Eagles for his first win, along with his 100th and 300th career victories.
A tough and gritty point guard during his playing days, Wiedeman was on Haddonfield’s 1989 team that finished 31-1 and won the Group 1 state title.
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