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Dunedin hires N.C. transplant

By JOE SMITH
Published May 30, 2007


Jeff McCann, a former high school coach in North Carolina, has accepted the boys basketball coaching job at Dunedin.

McCann, 41, moved to Dunedin three years ago from North Carolina due to his job as service manager for Lokey Automotive Group. He had coached for Woodland Baptist Christian in Winston Salem (1989-93) and directed AAU programs from 1994-2000.

Since McCann landed in the bay area, the former walk-on point guard at Liberty said he mainly has coached youth basketball.

"The level of basketball here is strong, " McCann said. "My desire is to build the program and make basketball what baseball and football is at Dunedin."

McCann and his wife, Kim, have two kids - daughter Kayla (17), who runs track at Countryside, as well as 10-year-old son Drew.

McCann replaces Josh Walker, who resigned after last season for personal reasons. The Falcons have gone 17-32 the past two years.

"I'm big on being strong defensively and pushing the ball, " McCann said. "We're going to be a fast-paced team that plays hard man-to-man."