Former Crispus Attucks boys basketball coach Phil Washington was hired at Anderson on Tuesday night.
Washington, an Anderson native, was the City Coach of the Year in 2014-15 at Attucks after leading the Tigers to a 19-6 record and second consecutive sectional title. But Washington was suspended in December as a teacher and coach for “improper behavior as an athletic coach” after the Indiana High School Athletic Association ruled that two former Anderson students had played for Attucks during the summer and at open gym before they were officially enrolled.
Washington, 32, was reassigned to Arlington as a teacher in January. He was in the process of reapplying for his coaching position at Crispus Attucks, but took a closer look at the Anderson job.
Washington had applied for the opening last year at this time but didn’t make the finalist cut. Former Purdue guard Ryne Smith was hired, but resigned after a 3-20 season at Anderson.
Washington, who was 49-30 in three-plus seasons at Attucks, said recently that he’d be a better coach due to his experience this year.
“I’ve learned that you have to have everything together and run a tight ship,” he said. “Regardless of whatever mistakes were made by myself or others, you have to grow from it.”
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