Big ups to Brooklyn: Steve Finamore will be the new East Lansing head coach

Steve Finamore, the Brooklyn (NY) born former graduate assistant at MSU and head coach at Jackson Community College will be the new head man at East Lansing High School, just minutes from his home.

Finamore took over the newly-reinstated basketball program at JCC three years ago. He has previous head coaching experience at the high school level at Portland High (Michigan) in 2004. He was also an assistant at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ.

Coach Finamore is one of the best basketball minds in the state of Michigan, and anyone who knows him can attest to it. He’s a tremendous motivational speaker and a great X/O teacher. Finamore’s first order of business will be to convince the recently-exiled freshman phenom Steve Haney, Jr. to stay at East Lansing. If Haney stays, East Lansing could be on a course toward a state title in class A in 2012 with all its young talent — Bell, Haney, Efe, Edmonds, etc.

It was recently announced that Haney Jr. would transfer to Lansing Eastern for his sophomore season after a toxic culture of over-involved parents cost former head coach Doug Fleming his job.