Mike Memmen leaving Mosley for hoops job at Choctaw

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 11:16 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Mosley Dolphins are now in the market for a new boys head basketball coach. Friday morning Mosley A.D. Doug Lee announced coach Memmen has resigned from his job at Mosley to take the head coaching job at Choctaw.

Coach Memmen coached Mosley for the last three seasons, after moving south from Bozeman, where he was the head coach of the boys team previously. Memmen led the team to an overall record of 51-30 record, with three straight playoff appearances in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

We reached out to coach Memmen who was able to sit down with us for a Zoom call. I started by asking him how this opportunity to move west came about. He responded this way.

“Well coach (Andrew) Thigpen, with whom I’ve had a working relationship with over the past three years, getting to know his program, and him getting to know mine, he moved up to A.D. (at Choctaw). And that left a vacancy there at Choctaw, and he reached out to me and we talked about the job. I just think that Choctaw’s one of those jobs in the Panhandle, the opportunity is too big to pass up.”

The coach says he turned in his resignation Thursday, and met with his returning players Friday morning. I asked him if that was bittersweet?

“I think you hit the right term there, it’s bittersweet.” coach Memmen said. “I made a lot of good relationships at Mosley at that time. We’ve had some success. I want to thank the administration for giving me a chance. What a wonderful administration, school and community to work for, over the past three years. They’ve been excellent, and nothing but supportive. You know that’s kind of the hardest thing to do, to leave when you had all that support. And you’ve made some real relationships, and that’s what kind of, that stings a little bit. The players included. But they’re going to be fine, they’re going to move on fine. And I think the opportunity in front of me is going to be good as well. "

The coach departs though feeling as if he is leaving the Mosley program better than he found it, and he takes pride in that.

“You know in the time that we’ve been here I think we’ve established some things, some standards, expectations.” coach Memmen told me. “You know it’s up to coach Lee and Mr. Bullock to go ahead and do that search. And I think the world of both of them and I think they will do an excellent job as far as leading these young men in the right direction. Absolutely I’m proud of what we’ve done here. Three straight years of playoff appearances, two district titles, you know that stuff hasn’t been done at Mosley, a lot of that stuff hasn’t been done in a long time. So proud is just the right word.”

A.D. Doug Lee, who is in Atlanta, with his son’s summer baseball team, says he will begin the paperwork up there to begin advertising the job in house for five days. Then five more days of advertising externally. Meanwhile he’ll work to put together a search committee that will help him find and hire the next Mosley head coach.

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