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Wheaton Academy boys b-ball coach Ferguson resigns

Paul Ferguson has resigned his position as Wheaton Academy boys basketball coach, Ferguson said Tuesday.

Ferguson will join the Wheaton College men's program as an assistant while retaining his role as Wheaton Academy religion teacher and director of admissions.

Ferguson served as a Wheaton College assistant from 1999-2006, between stints at Wheaton Academy.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to return to Wheaton College," Ferguson said. "I want to get back into college coaching, and this is a unique opportunity for me because I don't have to move and I can continue in my other full-time roles at Wheaton Academy. I'm very appreciative of the academy supporting my decision, and I know Wheaton Academy will look to hire a great coach who will build on the tradition of excellence that we've established."

The Warriors went 133-55 in Ferguson's seven seasons as head coach from 2006-07 to 2012-13, capturing five conference crowns and two regional titles. Ferguson was named an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A District Coach of the Year after the 2010-11 season, in which the Warriors finished 27-2 and advanced to a 3A Riverside-Brookfield Sectional semifinal.

A Notre Dame alumnus, Ferguson completed his graduate study at Wheaton College, and joined then-coach Bill Harris' staff after first teaching and assistant coaching at Wheaton Academy from 1995-99.

Current Thunder coach Mike Schauer and Ferguson both served on Harris' staff for a time from 1999-2006.

"There's a lot of familiarity with the program, so that's one of the appealing aspects of it," Ferguson said.

– Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com

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