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19-year-old coach leads high school basketball team



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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old high school basketball coach is turning heads in Maine.

The Kennebec Journal reports Skyler Archer took the unpaid position as Seacoast Christian's boys' basketball coach this year. Archer played for the small private South Berwick school and graduated last spring.

Athletic director Nikki Winship says she didn't hesitate hiring her younger brother. She says he has done a great job.

Archer has met all the coaching qualifications outlined by the Maine Principal's Association. MPA Executive Director Dick Durost says a head coach like Archer is "unusual but not unprecedented."

Archer's players say his age isn't a factor. They appreciate their young coach's basketball IQ and leadership skills.

Archer says he didn't think he'd become a coach this soon, but he believes it was meant to be.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

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