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Shoemaker pegged as Capac's varsity boys' basketball coach



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July 30, 2008
CAPAC — When the 2008-09 season tips off a few months from now there will be someone different in charge of the Capac varsity boys' basketball team.

That is because Bob Shoemaker, a mainstay on the Michigan high school basketball coaching scene for several decades and who owns a 462-251 overall career mark, is under consideration as the school's newest hoop coach.

He would replace Bill Lengemann, who stepped down from the position at the completion of last season.

Shoemaker's arrival at the post still be must be approved by the Capac School Board, who is scheduled to meet again on August 21.

"We are very excited to get a coach of his caliber," Arnie Vandemark, Capac Athletic Director commented. "His teams have had success everywhere he has been," he noted.

The 66-year-old brings with him loads of experience to the job, over four-plus decades to be exact.

His resume includes a pair of state championships, those coming at Orchard Lake St. Mary's in 1978 and 1982.

His latest coaching assignment was at Clawson, where he spent three years. That team won a pair of district games a year ago.

He will look to guide Capac to an improved showing over last year's 11-10 overall and 8-6 Blue Water Area Conference standing.

While some may question the hiring of someone of his age to the position, Vandemark said he is confident that Shoemaker will be up to the task ahead of him.

"He has as much energy and enthusiasm for the game as any coach I have been around. The community is very excited about his arrival."

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