Former St. Agnes boys’ basketball standout and veteran coach Marlon McCoy was recently named the new girls’ basketball coach at St. Paul Central.
McCoy started at shooting guard for four years, leading St. Agnes to the 1994 Class A state championship while earning all-conference, all-metro, and all-state honors. He was among five finalists for Mr. Basketball his senior year.
Before taking the Central job, McCoy had stints as an assistant coach for boys’ basketball teams at Central, Tartan and Como Park. While at Tartan, McCoy was part of a coaching staff that led them to a Class 4A state tournament appearance in 2014.
Robert Mestas, the former Minneapolis Roosevelt boys’ basketball standout who came back to his alma mater as head coach, will take over at Burnsville this winter. As Roosevelt’s coach, he led the team to the section championship game in 2015 and 2017.
Mestas, a point guard, played for DeLaSalle as a freshman, leading them to a second-place finish in the Class A state tournament in 1992. He transferred to Roosevelt the following year and was named 1995 Mr. Basketball after averaging 25 points, eight assists and four steals a game.
He went on to play on two NCAA tournament teams at the University of Miami of Ohio.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.