BENNINGTON >> There is a new man at the helm of the Mount Anthony boys basketball team.
MAU announced Tuesday that Marcus Hass will be the new head coach for boys basketball. He'll take over for Dan Sleeman, who announced last month he will instead be coaching girls basketball next season.
"I am super excited for the opportunity to be MAU's new basketball coach," Hass said. "It has been a dream of mine to be a head coach at the high school level and I am looking forward to carrying on the winning tradition at MAU."
Hass was a standout basketball player at Union 32 High School in East Montpelier. He went on to play in college, playing one season at Pace University and then at nearby Castleton University.
After college, Hass spent three years coaching middle school football and was an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, helping coach the freshman and junior varsity teams.
For the past two years, Hass has coached alongside Chris Taft for the Arlington High School boys basketball team, helping the Eagles go 15-5 this past season and make it to the quarterfinals of the Division IV playoff tournament.
Hass will take over an MAU squad that lost a handful of seniors like Tyler Champagne, Damon Burgess and Jonas Parker from their 2015 squad that went 19-4 in the regular season and made it to the final four of the Division I playoff tournament.
"We're going to a whole new ball club this upcoming season," Hass said. "It's going to be a fresh start for the whole program and I'm looking forward to bring some enthusiasm and fun to it."
Hass will also have some tough shoes to fill with replacing Sleeman, who went 213-119 in 15 seasons as head coach at MAU, taking seven of those teams to the final four of the Division I playoff tournament.
With all that said, Hass is just looking forward to his first chance at being a high school head coach and to help the team become better players.
"This a great opportunity for me in my coaching career and I am that I can do it at MAU," Hass said. "I'm looking forward to meeting up with the team soon and I can't wait to start coaching up the team on the court this winter."