Saints announce Easton as boys hoops head coach

June 03, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

ST. JAMES — The next era of Saint James boys basketball will begin with an international flavor.

Saint James athletic director Chris Milmoe announced the hiring of Paul Easton as the new head coach of the Saints on Friday.

Easton, 30, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland and met prospective players and their parents Friday upon his arrival from Herndon, Va., where he resides with his wife and two children.

He succeeds Aaron Wilmore, who completed the 2010-11 season as head coach after Mike Brooks left for a college position in December.

“I was surprised at the interest we had without advertising for it,” said Milmoe. “I was looking for an individual with private school experience, familiar with academics, admissions, college placement and an individual with energy and passion.”

Easton coached at Bishop O’Connell under Joe Wootten — son of legendary DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten.

It was an international contest in Glasgow, Scotland that became the moving point to the United States for Easton.

“I was filling in for the head coach in this game in Glasgow and a friend of (Joe Wootten) asked about coming to the states,” said Easton, who was coaching the Scottish national team.

His first job at Bishop O’Connell was as the freshman coach in 2005, but he was elevated quickly to the varsity in charge of recruiting, scouting and coaching the guards.

Easton’s coaching career began with four years in charge of the U-16 and U-18 teams.

“After six years I thought it was time to move on,” said Easton. “The first time I drove up here, I saw cows and goats on the roadsides (like home) and I wondered what I was in for, but once I got to the campus I fell in love with it.”

He will bring demands with him and will expect them to be met, specifically when it comes to defense and hard work.

“We’ll play a lot of man, press and get into the passing lanes and have an overall toughness,” said Easton. “It will take hard work. Basketball in America is so much more intense. The D.C. area is like the Mecca of basketball.

“I’m coming to Saint James because I want to win the (Mid-Atlantic Conference) now and win it as much as we can.”

The Saints posted a 15-10 record last season.

Easton, who has a business background, will not immediately work at the school.

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