Coloma’s new varsity boys basketball coach is a familiar face in the area.

Curtis McFall, a former Benton Harbor standout and long-time assistant coach with the Tigers, will take over the Comets’ program. He replaces Paul Marfia.

“We’re excited,” Coloma athletic director Wendy Goodline said. “He’s excited to come in and be a head coach and I think we’re a good fit for him.

“He’s got a very large basketball background.”

McFall graduated from Benton Harbor in 1998, then helped Southeastern Community College in Iowa win the 2000 NJCAA Division I national championship. He went on to play at Wichita State for Mark Turgeon, currently the head coach at Maryland, and also spent time playing professionally in Germany.

“I got to experience all kinds of coaching, all kinds of systems,” McFall said. “It’s just been a wonderful journey basketball-wise.”

McFall has spent several years as an assistant at Benton Harbor, including time as a freshman and junior varsity coach. After a year off, he returned for the 2017-18 season as a varsity assistant to help the Tigers win the Class B state championship.

McFall said his biggest takeaway from Benton Harbor is the time put in in the offseason.

“Programs are made in the summer,” McFall said. “Developing the players, getting your system in, building the culture. We weren’t always at the top at Benton Harbor.”

McFall knows Coloma’s team as he has coached against it. The Comets have a record of 34-8 over the last two seasons, with four of the losses coming against Benton Harbor. Though standout guard Zach Goodline graduates, Coloma does have some returning talent, including his younger brother Drew Goodline.

“I’m very excited,” McFall said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity. I’m familiar with all the players that they have.”

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