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Montrelle Irvin, 33, of Louisville was officially hired Monday to be the new head coach of the Marion County High School boys basketball program.
“I am just honored that Site Based Decision Making Council is giving me the opportunity to express my passion for the game of basketball and to help kids reach their potential to achieve success on and off the court,” Irvin said.
Irvin’s past coaching jobs have included three years as the head coach of Shawnee High School’s boys basketball team in Louisville. More recently, he’s been the head assistant coach for the last two years at Doss High School also in Louisville.
He also served as a head soccer coach for Western High School in the past.
Irvin is a Taylor County native. He graduated from Taylor County High School in 1995, and went on to play four years for the Campbellsville University men’s basketball team (1996-2000). Irvin also played basketball with Sports Reach, an opportunity that allowed him to play in Turkey and China. Irvin began his coaching career by becoming a student assistant to Travis Ford at Campbellsville University. Irvin then moved to Louisville to coach at the high school level. Irvin has been an assistant coach for seven years and a head coach for two years, and now will take control of the Marion County Knights for the 2011-12 season.
According to Robby Peterson, MCHS athletic director, Irvin was selected over the other three candidates because of his head coaching experience and how well he will relate to the student athletes and to the community.
The other three candidates that were interviewed for the position were Kyle Roach, an assistant coach at Bullitt Central High School and Male High School, Deron Breeze, head coach of Bath County High School and current Marion County Assistant Coach Matthew Thomas.