Collins steps down as Schalick coach

Posted: July 02, 2007

Schalick High coach Sean Collins, who turned a moribund boys' basketball program into one of the best in South Jersey, has resigned to become the head coach at Living Faith Christian in Cherry Hill, a source familiar with the situation confirmed yesterday.

Collins, 29, was on a cruise in the Caribbean, but his father, Jack Collins, said his son had stepped down from the Schalick position and had accepted the job at Living Faith.

"He has interest in possibly becoming a college coach someday and he thought this would [help]," said Jack Collins, a former high school and college coach. "This is basically a sports academy that plays powerful schools like St. Patrick, St. Elizabeth and Shawnee, and they get big-time athletes who hope to get college scholarships."

In six seasons, Sean Collins compiled a 111-51 record and led Schalick to three Tri-County Classic titles and a South Jersey Group 1 championship. Sparked by standout guard Paul Gause, Schalick won the sectional crown and set a school record for wins in 2004-05, putting together a 25-5 record.

Before Collins' arrival, in 2001-02, Schalick had just two winning seasons since the program started in 1976-77. After Schalick compiled a 6-17 record in his in his first year, the Cougars went 23-5, 20-6, 25-5, 21-7 and 16-11.

Collins will remain as a health and physical education teacher at Schalick and will be a volunteer assistant for the football team.

Sanders to Indiana (Pa.). Shawnee's Julian Sanders, a 6-foot-3 swingman who was The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year, will attend Division II Indiana (Pa.) University on a full scholarship.

Sanders, who scored 2,056 career points and led Shawnee to a 92-19 record in his four years as a starter, had been recruited by several Division I schools, including Morehead State, St. Bonaventure, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Richmond and St. Peter's.

"But a lot of things didn't work out," Sanders said yesterday. Out of that group, only St. Peter's offered a scholarship and that was partial, Sanders said.

He said he was excited about going to Indiana.

"I like the campus and they're rebuilding - like Shawnee was in my freshman year - and I think I can make an impact like I did at Shawnee," he said.

Contact staff writer Sam Carchidi at 215-854-5181


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