Vashon's New Coach

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Yesterday, about half a minute after the St. Louis Public Schools announced that it had laid off Anthony Bonner, coach of the Vashon boys' varsity basketball team, speculation begin to mount at the high school that the new coach would be Marvin Talley.

Talley was introduced to Vashon staff as a new assistant principal just yesterday, according to a source who works at Vashon but is not authorized to speak about personnel issues.

Most recently, Talley was an art teacher and the head coach of the boys' basketball team at Riverview Gardens High School. Under his whistle last season, the Riverview Rams went 4-3 in the Suburban North conference and 11-16 overall.

Mike Walters, district athletic director for Riverview Gardens, could not be reached to confirm Talley's departure.

A 1993 graduate of Fontbonne University, Talley was a recipient in 2006 of the college's Founders Award for "distinguished service to the greater St. Louis community." According to a Fontbonne press release, Talley was recognized for launching St. Louis' first chapter of a Washington, D.C.-based program called Coaches Against Gun Violence.

As to whether Talley will be -- or already has been -- passed the Vashon basketball torch, I'm awaiting word from an SLPS spokesperson...

-Kristen Hinman

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