Springfield hires new boys basketball coach

Thurgood Marshall coach Shawn McCullough talks to the Cougars during a timeout in the first half Friday night at Thurgood Marshall. JOHN CUMMINGS / CONTRIBUTED
Thurgood Marshall coach Shawn McCullough talks to the Cougars during a timeout in the first half Friday night at Thurgood Marshall. JOHN CUMMINGS / CONTRIBUTED

Shawn McCullough spent last three seasons at Thurgood Marshall

Springfield High School announced the hiring of Shawn McCullough as boys basketball coach on Wednesday.

McCullough spent the last three years at Thurgood Marshall in Dayton and was named the Dayton Public Schools "All Sports" Coach of the Year in 2020. He also was named the 2020 Division II District 15 Coach of the Year. Thurgood Marshall finished the season 19-7.

“I’m thrilled to become a member of a Springfield Wildcat community rich in tradition,” McCullough said in a press release. “It is an honor to lead the SHS boys basketball program in the 2020-21 season, and I look forward to working with the student-athletes to generate success on and off the court.”

McCullough is a Dayton native. He began his coaching career in 2004 at Sinclair Community College as an assistant coah. He has also served as an assistant coach at Middletown High School and the head coach at Stivers.

McCullough played basketball for one season at Ohio State University then transferred and played the remainder of his collegiate career at San Jose State.

Springfield announced in early June it would interview five candidates for the job. The others were Wildcats interim coach Matt Yinger; former Grove City coach Greg Waits; former Dublin Jerome coach Jamie Pearson; and Richmond (Ind.) coach Mohammad Khaliq.

Longtime coach Isaiah Carson was placed on leave last season after being arrested for domestic violence. He later resigned from his post.