After two years as an assistant coach at Buena Regional High School, Andrew Mack is taking over the reins of the boys basketball team.
A Buena graduate in 2003, Mack will take over a Chiefs team that won just six games last season. Despite that fact, he's excited at the opportunity.
"It's been a very exciting time for me," Mack said. "I've been anxious for this moment. I have a lot of help. I have a lot of good guys around me.
"I've always had people that I know I can go to and get advice from and pick their brain since they're in a 'been here, done that' type of deal."
Buena graduated it's leading scorer, Trayvond Barbary, and 6-foot-7 center Darryl Guilford. Mack said it's not going to be easy to replace either guy.
"We have a couple of guys that got a lot of playing experience last season even with those guys being here," Mack said. "For the most part, a lot of our younger kids got the opportunity to play last year. I'm expecting those guys to step into those roles and fill those shoes. "
The Chiefs are returning 6-4 junior Jordan Atkins, who is expected to be "a pretty big asset," Mack said.
Mahkvan Singh is another key returning player. A captain last season as a junior, Singh will be Buena's leader on and off the court.
They're also adding a transfer from Sacred Heart in senior Shawn Augusto.
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League: Cape-Atlantic League National
Group: South Jersey Group II
Coach: Andrew Mack (first season)
2012-13 record: 6-14
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - New coach looking for a good start.
Key players: Shawn Augusto Sr., 5-10, G; Jordan Atkins Jr., 6-4, F; Mahkvan Singh Sr., 6-4, F; Jamal Tillman Jr., 5-9, G; Daniel Velazquez So., 5-10, G.