Merrillville Basketball Coach
HAMMOND| Mark Weinberger, the captured international fugitive formerly known as "The Nose Doctor," goes to court Monday.
Long-time Merrillville boys basketball coach Jim East pauses while announcing his retirement at a press conference at Merrillville High School in June. East's Pirates are ranked No. 25 in the country as the season tips off.
Jim East has contemplated getting out of coaching before, but his wife, Marlene, told him he'd miss it too much. The longtime fixture on the Merrillville bench's imminent retirement after the 2010-11 season is approved by Marlene this time.
Jim East began Monday's retirement announcement news conference with a joke, but he was serious about his decision to step down after the end of this season.
Longtime Merrillville boys basketball coach Jim East pauses while announcing his retirement at a news conference at the high school Monday. East will coach through the end of the 2010-11 season, which will be his 31st on the Pirates' bench and 43rd overall as a head coach.
Merrillville boys basketball coach Jim East is 70 years old, and he has decided his final season will be this coming school year. He retired from teaching in 2002 and has 42 years of experience as a head coach.
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