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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central’s next boys’ basketball leader is a popular and familiar face around Maroons athletics.

LeConte Nix was announced Friday morning as Central’s interim boys’ hoops coach.

“After an extensive search and an intense screening, we are happy to announce we are promoting a Central grad and super supporter LaConte Nix,” Maroons athletic director Jane Stillman wrote through Central sports’ Twitter account.

The promotion still requires Unit 4 Board of Education approval.

Stillman said the “interim” label exists because “it was late in the year and summer conditioning was basically over.”

She confirmed that Nix will guide the program during the 2021-22 season before the position receives another review afterward.

Nix, a former standout at Central who graduated in 1997, is a longtime assistant coach for the school’s football, boys’ basketball and baseball programs.

He replaces Jeff Finke, who stepped down from the head boys’ basketball job in May after leading the Maroons to four regional championships in six seasons. Nix was an assistant coach on all six of Finke’s staffs.

In fact, Nix has worked alongside four different boys’ basketball head coaches.

“There’s a guy that’s put in his time, put in a lot of time as an assistant,” Central baseball coach John Staab said. “Well-deserved. ... He bleeds maroon, as they say.”

Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at clikas@news-gazette.com, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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