MERCERSBURG >> Sean Crocker, who has coaching experience at the high school, college and AAU levels, has been named Mercersburg Academy's head boys' varsity basketball coach.

Crocker, who will also join the faculty and teach mathematics, comes to Mercersburg from Stuart Hall School, an independent boarding school in Staunton, Va., where he has been head boys' basketball coach for the past three seasons.

"I feel extremely blessed to be joining the Mercersburg community as a teacher and coach," Crocker says. "I am excited to start teaching the young people both in the classroom and on the court and sharing in their successes."

He succeeds Tim Crouch, who led the Blue Storm for three years and is now focusing exclusively on his duties as the school's assistant director of capital giving.

Crocker's Stuart Hall team went from eight wins his first year to 18 victories in 2014–2015. He has worked as an assistant coach at

Washington & Lee University, Tufts University, Framingham State College, and Wheelock College. Crocker also has experience as the director of operations for the East Coast Fusion/Team Loaded AAU program and as director of operations for The Hoop Group.

"This was a lengthy process, with a number of highly qualified applicants," said Rick Hendrickson, Mercersburg's director of

athletics. "Sean distinguished himself in that process in part because of his own journey and his understanding of our goal for a competitive basketball program that fits within the mission of athletics at Mercersburg.

"Sean brings a diversity of experience that will serve our student-athletes well, and his upbeat pace will make Mercersburg basketball exciting to watch."

Crocker graduated from Thetford (Vt.) Academy and at Connecticut College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in computer

science, played varsity tennis and served as a student assistant coach for the men's basketball team.

"I like to re-evaluate myself constantly," said Crocker, whose wife, Tricia, and sons, Stuart and Andrew, will join him at Mercersburg in the fall. "I've worked for a couple of hard-nosed, defensive-minded, old-school coaches, and some run-and-press-type coaches. I think a combination of those styles has shaped me as a coach. I've also worked with a lot of different types of teachers.

"What that has taught me is to make sure your ideas and strategies will fit with your personnel. Coaching is really just teaching anyway."

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