|Rasheed Wallace new coach at Jordan High|
|Published Friday, March 8, 2019|
DURHAM – Jordan High School varsity boy basketball just got a major upgrade.
North Carolina alumnus and former NBA star Rasheed Wallace was announced Friday as the Falcons new head coach.
"This is a special day for Jordan High School and our athletic department," Director of Athletics Shelba Levins said in a statement. "We want coaches who can provide both knowledge and leadership with an ability to mentor our student-athletes as they cross the bridge from adolescence to the early stages of adulthood. It is not every day that you can add someone with as rich of a background in basketball, mentorship and volunteerism as Rasheed Wallace.”
Wallace was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1995 NBA Draft. He also played for Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston and New York over an 18-year career. He was an assistant coach for the Pistons for one season.
Wallace and assistant coach Patrick Cole, who played at North Carolina Central, met with the junior varsity and varsity squads prior to his public announcement.
“I like dealing with high school kids, helping them find a better future by teaching them to work hard,” he said. “I plan to help teach them to be responsible and to hold themselves accountable – what we call ‘adulting.’ If you look at the way the professional game is being played now, there are few people today with skills. This is the best way to start teaching basketball players to play well, in high school. I’ve always had that enthusiasm to be working with kids.”
Wallace joins a growing list of former college players taking over local high school teams. UNC graduate Donald Williams is the head varsity girls coach at Wakefield High, and former N.C. Central star Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman is the boys head coach at Enloe High.
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