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Contact: Mario Boone
ATLANTA (AUG. 24, 2016) Former Clark Atlanta University (CAU) basketball player Hasan Vanegas has been named head basketball coach at Towers High School in Decatur, Georgia. “I think it’s great that a former player from Clark Atlanta has worked his way up to head coach at Towers High,” said Darrell Walker, former NBA great and current CAU head basketball coach. Vanegas will coach his first full season for the Titans this fall. He also will serve as a math teacher at Towers, a subject he has taught at both the high school and middle school level for the past 13-years. He has more than 10 years coaching experience, and spent the last four years as an assistant basketball coach at Towers and Columbia High School, also in Decatur.
Vanegas first enrolled at CAU in 1996 on a full academic scholarship. He played four seasons with the Panthers as a walk-on under then-coach Anthony Witherspoon. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2001 and his master’s in accounting in 2002.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Vanegas was raised in the notoriously rough and tough Soundview Projects. He has four brothers and one sister. After struggling through several difficulties in public school, Vanegas went on to graduate from Salesian High, an all-boys Catholic school in New Rochelle, New York.
“My biggest goal is making sure the student-athletes I coach grow to be better players, teammates and especially better men than when they came to Towers,” said Vanegas. He hopes his players and students will look at his tough upbringing on the streets of New York City, and his academic and athletic successes at CAU as proof that anyone can make it with hard work. “In life, as in sports there will be adversity, but the true measure of a person is how you deal with it,” Vanegas explained.
“I’m looking forward to watching his team in action and hopefully Coach Vanegas will produce some great players for me,” Walker remarked.Category: Alumni
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