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Bogues stepping down as United Faith basketball coach

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Former Charlotte Hornet star Muggsy Bogues will not return as head basketball coach at United Faith next season.

United Faith is a K-12 private school in southeast Charlotte. Bogues took over the Falcons about six weeks before the start of 2011-12 season. He coached United Faith three seasons, with an overall record of 61-25. United Faith won the N.C. 1A Independent Schools state championships in the 2009 and 2010. The Falcons reached the state finals in 2011, but were placed on a two-year playoff probation for a recruiting violation shortly after the 2011 season ended. Bogues took over the program during that time.

His first team was 18-10. His final two teams lost only one conference game. Last season, United Faith reached the state semifinals in its first season eligible to return to the playoffs, before losing 82-80 in overtime to eventual state champion Fayetteville Trinity Christian. Bogues attracted two shoe companies as sponsors at United Faith and he produced six all-state players in three seasons.

UFCA headmaster Daniel Patton said Bogues, 49, was offered a contract to coach next season, but declined.

“I just felt like it was time to move on from United Faith,” Bogues said. “I wish them nothing but the best. I had a great time there and enjoyed working with the kids and enjoyed dealing with the parents. I enjoyed teaching the kids what being a student-athlete is all about. I never dreamt I would be coaching on the high school level, but that was God’s plan. Going forward, I will sit back and work with my Always Believe non-profit organization and I’m still doing things with the NBA and other venues I’m interested in.”

Bogues, 5-foot-3, was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA. Drafted 12th overall in 1987, he played 14 years with four teams, including the Charlotte Hornets. An all-time top 50 ACC player at Wake Forest, Bogues also formerly coached the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

Wertz: 704-612-9716 ; Twitter: @langstonwertzjr
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