RIP Ed McLean

Wow…another step to me feeling really old.

God bless.

Link to News & Observer:

Former Broughton and Sanderson High boys basketball coach and athletics director Ed McLean died suddenly on Wednesday.

McLean, 75, was found at his home on Wednesday night.

“We don’t know what happened, but it was very sudden,” said Hugh McLean, his son. “He had gone out and gotten the paper. His coffee was on the sink and he had run water into the sink to shave. Whatever happened — a heart attack, a stroke, or whatever– happened very quickly.”

McLean was a fixture in North Carolina high school athletics. He coached the legendary Pete Maravich, during Maravich’s senior season in 1965. McLean resigned from Broughton in 1982 to become an assistant coach on Jim Valvano’s staff at N.C. State. McLean was an assistant during the Wolfpack’s NCAA championship season in 1983. He was later the head coach at Samford University and was a head coach in the Global Basketball Association.

He later returned to teaching. He was a physical education teacher at Pleasant Union Elementary while he was the head coach at Sanderson High.

Earlier this month, the Pleasant Union gym was named in his honor and he attended his 43rd NCAA basketball Final Four in the past 44 years.

“He said he thought it might be his last one,” Hugh McLean said. “He said the travel and expense was getting to be too much. But he loved being there. Seeing all the coaches. Seeing old friends.”

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7 Responses to RIP Ed McLean

  1. 61Packer 04/28/2011 at 5:36 PM #

    Sad news. I covered Broughton and other area high school games for the Raleigh Times as a correspondent in the 1960s and 1970s. Ed McLean, along with Guy Mendenhall at Enloe, was one of the nicest people I ever interviewed. He always took time after the game to help me write a better story. And he was a really fine coach; you could tell from the way his players respected him and by the way his teams played.

  2. rmpack 04/28/2011 at 9:15 PM #

    Nice man and good coach. Was around Coach in the mid 80’s. He was always cordial and pleasant. Cared for his kids.

  3. Master 04/28/2011 at 10:28 PM #

    Ed was a good man. He used to supervise the Quail Hollow neighborhood swimming pool when I was a kid (late 60’s) and he was my swim team coach. I last caught up with him in the late 90’s down at the Raleigh Y on Hillsborough Street. Nothing had changed about the man except he had better stories to tell. I just told my kids a few stories about him earlier this week. How does that happen?

    Rest in Peace Ed.

  4. Bubba 04/29/2011 at 8:19 AM #

    Ed was one of the really good guys you have a chance to meet in life.


  5. Tuffy2 04/30/2011 at 3:46 AM #

    When I went to Broughton from 1972 to 74 during gym class he would always say hello to me. Even though I played football for Broughton I found him to be a great supporter of the football team. When he came to State and was an assistant to V it made me proud that my High School basketball coach was a part of my life again. R.I.P Ed you were a great person for our area.

  6. JasonP 05/02/2011 at 9:03 AM #

    Raleigh and NC State lost a great man. He was one of the most kind, patient, generous and honest men I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Very passionate about NC State basketball. God Bless Coach McLean.

  7. brown pelican 05/06/2011 at 10:12 AM #

    got the chance to know him and coach against him when i was at broughton in the late 90’s—an insightful man with a passion for helping kids and an amazing amount of knowledge about the game—God bless coach and the family

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