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Report: Luers coach Blackmon Sr. leaving

According to a Twitter report, Bishop Luers boys basketball coach James Blackmon Sr. will be the coach at Marion, his alma mater.

Citing two sources, Indiana’s NewsCenter is reporting Blackmon will be the new Giants’ coach.

The next school board meeting is Wednesday.

Messages were left for Blackmon and Marion athletic director Greg Peden, the former boys basketball coach at Northrop.

Sources have told The Journal Gazette Blackmon interviewed for the position Thursday.

Bishop Luers athletic director Jim Huth told The Journal Gazette “(Blackmon) has not talked to us” and that he has a meeting scheduled next week with Blackmon.

Blackmon is 146-63 in nine years at Luers, with Class 2A state championships in 2008 and 2009.

Last year’s team was 16-7 and won the sectional championship.

According to reports, Blackmon’s two sons, junior James Blackmon Jr. and freshman Vijay Blackmon would also go to Marion.

Blackmon Jr. is an Indiana recruit, and Vijay Blackmon has an offer from the Hoosiers.

Two years ago, Blackmon was hired as the Giants’ coach and decided to return to Luers even after the Marion school board had confirmed his hiring.

The Chronicle Tribune’s Matt Wilson reported on Twitter that Marion School Corporation Superintendent Steve Edwards said he "hopes" to hire a basketball coach at Wednesday's school board meeting, and there are around 20 applicants for the position. Edwards confirmed to Wilson that Blackmon is one of those applicants.

Blackmon wrote in a text Thursday to the Marion Chronicle Tribune: "I have nothing new to report at this time."

Billy Shepherd resigned as the Giants’ coach a couple of weeks ago.

gjones@jg.net

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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