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Earlier this year, McCullough was named the Dayton Public Schools "All Sports" Coach of the Year. He also was named the Division II District 15 Coach of the Year. Thurgood Marshall finished the season 19-7.
McCullough informed his Thurgood Marshall players about his move on Facetime.
“It was very hard because I love those kids dearly,” he said. “I’ve been around them all their years since they’ve been in high school. It was complicated, but it just made sense for me to move on. Bigger school, more resources.”
McCullough said even though he was born and bred in Dayton Public Schools and coached in the Dayton City League for nine years in all, he couldn’t pass up the job at Springfield, which averaged 19.5 victories a season from 2014-19 before slipping to 12-13 last season.
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“Not knowing how long you’re going to coach, this is a job where I can ride it out — into the sunset,” McCullough said.
McCullough works as a pharmaceutical specialist for AstraZeneca and often does business at Springfield Regional Medical Center and other doctor’s offices in the area. Even before being hired, he had stopped by the high school to watch Springfield football head coach Maurice Douglass, a good friend, and Wallace, an assistant coach, work out the players.
McCullough plans to talk to Springfield Athletic Director Michael Dellapina next week about the plan for his players. He has already been in contact with several of them and told them to be patient.
Springfield’s 2019-20 season was marred by coach Isaiah Carson being placed on administrative leave in January after being arrested on domestic violence charges. He later resigned.
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Springfield announced in early June it would interview five candidates for the job. The others were Wildcats interim coach Matt Yinger; former Grove City coach Greg Waits; former Dublin Jerome coach Jamie Pearson; and Richmond (Ind.) coach Mohammad Khaliq.
“Coach McCullough impressed our interview team from the beginning of the process,” Dellapina said in a press release. “He is going to bring strong leadership to our boys basketball program and already possesses strong ties within the Springfield community. I know that the Wildcat Nation will embrace his energy and commitment to the success of our student-athletes. We are looking to Shawn to take this program to the next level.”