Charlotte Hornets

Bogues stepping down as United Faith basketball coach

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.