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Audley McGill set to coach Garfield boys basketball team, leave Firestone girls team

By Michael Beaven Published: May 27, 2014

Audley McGill is returning to his alma mater, Garfield, to coach the Golden Rams boys basketball team.

Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, said Monday that McGill is leaving the Firestone girls basketball team after serving as the Falcons coach from the 1999-2000 season to the present.

“At Firestone he took over a very successful program under Jill Hanigofsky and continued it,” Howard said. “He has always been very successful in the City Series, and he wants to take that a step forward at Garfield, which is his alma mater. As he has stated, he wants to re-instill that Ram Pride.”

McGill, a 1986 graduate of Garfield, guided the Firestone girls team this past year to the City Series regular season title and a runner-up finish to Kenmore in the one-game final.

Firestone and Kenmore have recently taken over City Series girls basketball, combining to win every City Series postseason title since 2001.

Overall, Firestone has won or shared nine regular-season league titles, including eight of the past 12 under McGill. The Falcons won their first league postseason title in 1998 and have won a total of 12. Under McGill, they won seven in a row from 2001 to 2007 and four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

Kenmore has won or shared nine regular-season league titles and earned six league postseason titles, including the 2014 title.

Garfield’s boys basketball team has struggled the past few seasons in a City Series that has seen five teams emerge as winning programs – Buchtel, Firestone, East, Ellet and Kenmore.

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