LYNN HAVEN — Mosley High School has found its new boys basketball coach and it didn’t have to look far to find him. Long-time Bozeman boys’ basketball coach Michael Memmen was introduced as the new Dolphins’ coach Monday afternoon, replacing former coach Lee Loper, who stepped down in March after four seasons at the helm.
Memmen, 38, has spent the past eight seasons coaching at Bozeman and led the Bucks to a 13-11 record this season, including an 8-2 mark in District 4-1A. Memmen’s best season at Bozeman came in 2012-13 when he led the Bucks to a 19-9 campaign and a berth in the 1A state playoffs. However, sustained success was difficult to find at Bozeman, with three straight winning seasons from 2012-2014 followed by three losing seasons from 2015-17 that featured 19 total wins.
The opportunity to coach at a bigger school with more of a track record of basketball success was too difficult to pass up, Memmen said.
"For me, I got into teaching to be a basketball coach and of course you want to be a successful basketball coach," he said. "If you want to put yourself in position to be successful, you have to coach at a high level at a school with good athletes and Mosley is a good fit there. I felt like it was a good basketball job in this community and that I have a chance to be successful there."
Mosley athletic director Josh Vandergrift, who previously worked with Memmen coaching baseball at Bay High School from 2005 to 2007, said Memmen was one of 52 to apply for the job and one of seven to be interviewed. All were qualified, Vandergrift said, but the interview process revealed Memmen to be the best choice.
"We’d have been lucky to have had any one (of the seven coaches), but coach Memmen separated himself for the love of the game and how he talks about the way he coaches kids and everything he puts into it," he said. "Plus, there’s the education aspect of it and he loves to be a teacher and educate kids not just as basketball players but as students in general. He just had that presence in the interview and kind of won the committee over. We decided he would be the best fit for our program and take it from where it is now to even higher expectations."
Memmen said he was grateful to be given the opportunity at Mosley, while also appreciating his time with the Bucks.
"Bozeman is a special place," he said. "It’s a place most people don’t think about when they think about Bay County because it’s so far out and so rural, but that place is really special and a family atmosphere. I really enjoyed my time there. I didn’t leave because I was unhappy by any means. I hope the time I spent there building the program will be worthwhile for the next coach there and he can build on what we’ve done.
"I think I just wanted to coach at a higher level and I felt like this was the right opportunity, I’m still young and have two young kids, so if everything works out I hope to be at Mosley for a long while."