After one season away, Jermaine Isaac is back with the Wilmington High School athletic program.
This time as a head coach.
Pending approval by the Wilmington City Schools Board of Education, Isaac will take over as varsity boys basketball coach, replacing Matt Kramer who is out after two season as head coach.
The school board’s next regularly schedule meeting is set for April 26.
“Coach Isaac stood out among all our candidates and he was the unanimous choice of the committee to lead our basketball program,” said WHS athletic director Troy Diels. “His passion and excitement for the game will be a great match for our program.”
Isaac has coached three seasons with Wilmington City Schools — in 2019-20 as junior varsity girls basketball head coach and varsity assistant; 2018-19 as eighth grade girls basketball head coach; and 2015-16 as the freshman boys coach and varsity assistant.
After one season as the varsity head coach of the Wyoming girls basketball program, Isaac has returned to Wilmington.
“My decision to come and join the Wilmington staff has everything to do with Wilmington, the Hurricane in me,” Isaac said. “This move is bigger than basketball for me. I’ve been in this community for 17 years, involved and engaged in the community. I love Wilmington.”
Isaac, who first came to the area as a student at Wilmington College, was hired as the director of the Wilmington Park and Recreation Department in 2017. He has been involved with numerous community organizations.
“I like to teach life lessons through the game of basketball, helping our young men to be positive contributors to society,” Isaac said. “They are expected to perform on the court but, more important than that, they are expected to perform in the classroom. I’ll want to know how is their behavior, are they being respectful to their teachers and their parents. We want to give back while working hard to win games. Character, academics, doing right by people.”
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