Prep boys hoops: Negaunee begins search for Mike O’Donnell’s replacement

NEGAUNEE – Finding a replacement for Mike O’Donnell to coach the Negaunee High School boys varsity basketball team may take some time.

But NHS athletic director Andrew Brunette doesn’t want to wait too long, however.

“We’ll have to go through the process of posting the decision, but I hope that can be relatively soon,” he said Thursday after it was announced O’Donnell was leaving to coach the Finlandia University men’s basketball team.

“Ideally, we want to have someone in place for (summer basketball) camps. But we want to find the right person (for the job), too.”

Brunette lauded O’Donnell for the job the coach did at NHS.

“The success he had speaks for itself,” the athletic director said. “But he also built great relationships with his players.

“I’m a little selfish. We’d like to keep him around. But I’m excited for Mike, too. He has always had the desire to pursue the next level in coaching.

“I think he’ll do well (at Finlandia University).”

Brunette added O’Donnell should be remembered not only for his 180-48 coaching record in his nine seasons, but for “doing things the right way.”

“He can be proud of his success and that he has done it with class,” he said.