Johnsonburg interviewing for new basketball coaches

Staff Writer Bob Parana

Rams basketball head coach Bill Shuey and Ramettes head coach Mike King confirmed their contracts will not be renewed for the 2020-2021 seasons.
The Rams finished the past season 15-10, lost the Allegany Mountain League title game to Elk County Catholic, and were eliminated in the first round of the District 9 Class A playoffs by AC-Valley. It was a rebuilding year for the Ramettes. The team made up of underclassmen finished 2-18. King’s squad included five freshmen, three sophomores, and two juniors.
Johnsonburg Athletic Director Emily Mitchell released the following statement.
“I want to deeply thank Mike King and Bill Shuey for all of their hard work and dedication into the programs over the last couple of years. They have always been there for the players and have truly impacted our school community and will not be forgotten for what they have done over the years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with them. Their time and commitment will not go unrecognized. They have my upmost respect and I wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
"Johnsonburg athletics will be having interviews for these open positions,” Mitchell said adding the athletic committee will be conducting the interviews. Applications for the positions were accepted until noon on May 29.
Shuey took over for Dan Thorwart as the Rams head coach for the 2008-2009 season. According to statistics from maxpreps.com, he finished his 12-year head coaching career with a 208-113 (.648) record. In 2013 he guided the Rams to a 30-3 record and a trip to the state championship game where they were defeated by Vaux. The Rams won the 2017-2018 District 9 Class A Championship and advanced to the state playoffs seven times in Shuey’s 12 seasons. He also guided the team to Elk County Holiday tournament championships in 2009, 2012, and 2013.
King began his four-season head coaching career prior to the 2016-2017 season when he took over for Ellie Kocjancic. He finished his career with a 45-48 (.489) record. He entered this past, rebuilding season with a .589 winning percentage. In 2019 the Ramettes advanced to the District 9 Class A championship game but fell to North Clarion, 43-41. They suffered a heartbreaking, 48-46, loss to Vincentian Academy in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

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