Posted on April 21, 2017 · Posted in Athletic News, Blog, General, News, Press Release

St. Laurence High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Sexton as the new head varsity boys basketball coach. Sexton takes over for Jim Maley, who stepped down from the position to pursue another coaching and teaching opportunity.

Sexton, a native of Evergreen Park, becomes the 10th boys basketball coach in St. Laurence history. He served as Assistant Varsity Coach and Director of Player Development on the Viking Basketball staff for the past two seasons and has held a major role in the team’s recent resurgence. To go with his assistant duties, Sexton also has experience filling in as an interim head coach for the Vikings. In addition to his role with St. Laurence, Sexton also co-founded Beyond The Arc Academy, a basketball club in Evergreen Park that coaches and trains over 250 boys and girls basketball players from 1st-8th grade.

“I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work with a great administration, group of coaches and, most importantly, group of student-athletes at St. Laurence,” said Sexton. “I truly appreciate the faith President Joe Martinez, Principal Jim Muting and Athletic Director Tim Chandler have in me to continue to move St. Laurence basketball into prominence, not only in the Catholic League, but in the state of Illinois. I would also like to thank Coach Maley for putting the program in a positive place in which we can continue to build.”

Coach Sexton had a decorated playing career, as he played college basketball at Creighton University and was a member of the first-ever NCAA tournament team at UIC. In high school, he was a three-time All-Catholic League player and earned All-State honors his senior year.

“This is a very bittersweet moment for me,” said Maley. “I absolutely love St. Laurence, my players, my students and the people I work with. While I’m excited for the next opportunity, I’m saddened to leave, however the program is in great hands. Hiring Jimmy as an assistant was one of the best moves I’ve made. His passion, knowledge, and basketball pedigree will make him an excellent head coach. I truly believe that he, the returning players and coaching staff, will take another step forward and become a force in the Catholic League. While I’m no longer the coach, I will be a huge fan of him, the program and the school.”

“Viking Basketball has come a long way in recent seasons, and we are excited for Coach Sexton to take us to the next level,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “With Coach Sexton, we will be able to provide continuity with the program that will allow us to have a seamless transition. We thank Coach Maley for putting the team on the right track the past three seasons and wish him the best in the future.”

Current 5th through 7th grade boys can meet Coach Sexton for the first time at a free basketball clinic on Sunday, April 30 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students can sign up at www.stlaurence.com/clinics. For any questions about the clinic, please contact Director of Admissions Joe Spano at jspano@stlaurence.com.