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FORTVILLE — Steve Doud has 15 years of head coaching experience and a pair of sectional championships under his belt.
Earlier this summer, Doud walked out onto the hardwood floor of the gym at Mt. Vernon High School to conduct his first open practice as MV’s girls basketball coach. Doud, the former Rensselaer Central and Mt. Vernon boys coach, was the head honcho of a high school basketball program for the first time in eight years.
He was a little nervous.
“Once we started doing things – working on footwork and shooting – I was excited,” Doud said.
Doud was hired June 16 to replace Julie Shelton, who left to become an assistant with the Butler University women’s basketball team. Since he was brought on well into in the offseason, Doud wasn’t able to get the Marauders into any team camps or shootouts, but he did see his squad play in six summer league games.
“In the two (games) that everyone was there, they looked really good,” Doud said. “You could tell coach Shelton has worked well with them.”
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