James Blackmon Staying At Bishop Luers

By Eric Clabaugh
By Tommy Schoegler

May 31, 2011 Updated May 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Bishop Luers boys basketball coach James Blackmon will be staying in Fort Wayne after all. Blackmon called INC's Tommy Schoegler early Tuesday morning to confirm he's made up his mind, and sent his letter of resignation to Marion officials.

Blackmon tells Schoegler that he was "Flattered by the opportunity to go home; but in a lot of ways, I feel like I'm already home at Luers."

We first reported Friday (5/27) that Blackmon was wavering after he accepted the head coaching position at Marion. While the head coaching job at his alma mater has been Blackmon's dream job for a while, family concerns were just too much.

Blackmon tells Schoegler that he realizes the news will not make most Marion fans happy; and says he regrets the issues he has caused for his hometown and Bishop Luers.

The return of Blackmon also means the return of his son, IU recruit and sophomore-to-be, James Blackmon Jr.

During his seven years at Luers, Blackmon won two 2A state titles. Before he became the head coach, Luers never won a sectional.




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