Last week Stevens High School in Claremont hired Scott MacNamee as its new boys varsity basketball coach.
MacNamee replaces the team's previous coach, Bill McIver. He has been the Lebanon boys reserve coach for the past couple of years. He also played for Lebanon when he was in high school.
MacNamee has a tough road ahead. This spring Stevens lost their best player to the prep school ranks, when 6'6" forward Kevin O'Connor decided to transfer to the St. Paul's School. Not only that, but last summer the school lost its other star player, 7'0" center Kaleb Tarczewski. He left Stevens for the St. Mark's School, and he now has a scholarship offer from Kansas.
If both O'Connor and Tarczewski stayed at Stevens, they would both be seniors this upcoming season and the Cardinals would be the favorites to win Division III. It would have been the scariest 1-2 inside duo NH has seen in quite some time.
McNamee's task will be to make Stevens a contender in Division III. Without the two star big men who have left the program, that will be a tall order (oh yes folks, that pun WAS intended!)