ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen High filled its boys varsity basketball coaching vacancy this week when Kenzil McCall was named to the post.
McCall, a Clarkton native who has been a part of the East Bladen coaching staff as an assistant in football and baseball, takes over for Ken Cross, who resigned shortly after the 2015-16 season.
“He is from this area and relates very well with the kids on those other teams,” said Athletics Director Patty Evers. “He has coached varsity basketball before when he was the head coach at Whiteville. He went to the second round of the playoffs that year and had a very good record. He will be a good fit for our program.”
After his graduation from Clarkton High in 1988, McCall played baseball at Southeastern Community College and Mt. Olive College en route to a bachelor of science degree in recreation. McCall has served in the Naval Reserve for 28 years and recently returned from his third one-year tour of duty — two of which were in Kuwait and the latest in Africa.
The East Bladen boys varsity finished the 2015-16 season with a 6-17 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Four County Conference.
McCall and his wife Yvette still live in Clarkton and they have four children: Katelyn, 24, Justin, 23, K.J., 18 and Kytera, 11.