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Hanover Park’s Doug Wear Continues Family Tradition

Doug Wear(Right) with Superintendent Carol Grossi, Principal Thomas Callanan and Board of Education Member James Herbert

EAST HANOVER, NJ- Coaching is something that Head Girls Basketball Coach, Doug Wear, has done for over 20 years and has been part of the Wear family for over half a century. Doug's grandfather and father were both coaches in many sports.

Coach Wear, a physical educational teacher at Hanover Park, has been the girls head coach for 15 years and has a career record of 292-85. The winning tradition has created three teams that have reached the MCT finals and the semi-finals six of the past seven years. The team that reached the finals in 2013 of Lauren Daughtery, Liana Illutzi and Maria Santora has seen Daughtery continue her career at Loyola Maryland as a senior captain and Illutzi at MIT as its point guard and class president. Another former player Ashley Addison played at Molloy College in N.Y.

Hanover Park plays a fast paced, motion offense that likes to move the ball around and look for the open shot. The team takes about 15 three pointers a game. The defense, which is ranked in the top 20 in New Jersey, gives up an average of only 30 points a game and relies on its 2-2-1 trapping zone defense that creates 10 steals a game.

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Coach Wear is a graduate of Hanover Park and continued his education at Monmouth University, he is married and has two children, a son, Sean, nine years old and a daughter, Camrryn, seven years old. This is his first year not coaching three separate sports in 21 yrs. He knows his family up bringing has taught him what to do and what not to do. He feels that today's athletes should plays as many different sports as they can because it allows them to experience more.

Hanover Park has been blessed to have the Wear's be part of their sports program because his commitment has helped so many young men and women over the past years.

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