Southern Door reached back into its past to fill its open boys basketball coaching position.
Pete Claflin, who coached 20 seasons for the Eagles up until 2011, has accepted an offer take over for Derik Hawkey, who resigned in March.
During Claflin’s tenure the Eagles won three Packerland Conference titles, made two sectional appearances and made a trip to the Division 3 state tournament. The Eagles lost to Omro 57-52 in overtime in the semifinal.
“One of the main reasons that I decided to get back into coaching this season is the opportunity to coach my son, Ryan, who will be a senior this year,” Claflin said. Ryan Claflin averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last winter.
“I also teach physical education at the high school and middle school and am familiar with the students in the basketball program,” Claflin added. “The chance to work with these students is exciting as well.”
Southern Door Athletic Director Korey Mallien said he is excited to have Claflin return to the program.
“He’s a first-class guy with a proven track record for building very successful teams,” he said. “With Coach Claflin and varsity assistant coach Josh Vandenbush on board our program is in very good hands as we look to remain a power in the Packerland Conference.”
During Hawkey’s tenure the Eagles had a 60-14 record and won a pair of regional titles. In the past five seasons Southern Door has averaged just shy of 20 wins and has won the Packerland title each year.
“The program has had a great deal of success over the past years,” Claflin said. “I hope to be able to help keep the momentum going and be a positive influence on the program where I can.”