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Hough High hires East Meck’s Jason Grube as boys’ basketball coach

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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Jason Grube, who led East Mecklenburg to the 2008 N.C. 4A state boys basketball championship, is the new head coach at Hough.

Jason Grube, who led East Mecklenburg to the 2008 N.C. 4A boys’ basketball championship, is the new head coach at Hough.

Grube won his 200th game in January 2013 and has a career record of 218-164. His 2013-14 Eagles team finished 14-13.

At Hough, Grube takes over for Justin Batts, who resigned to pursue a graduate degree.

Batts was selected the Observer’s coach of the year for its All-Lake Norman area boys team for the 2013-14 season. Hough finished the season 22-6 and won the conference championship in the MECKA 4A, perhaps the toughest conference in North Carolina.

In the 2012-13, Batts led the Huskies to the school’s biggest win, a N.C. 4A sectional championship win over heavily favored West Charlotte and then-All-American center Kennedy Meeks to reach their first N.C. 4A Western Regional.

Next season, Hough is expected to return 6-foot-8 forward Luke Maye, a high major Division I recruit. Maye made the All-Observer team for the second time this season.

Hough athletics director Masanori Toguchi said the school has also named former boys assistant Robert Ruthenburg as its new girls coach.

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