The Public League's loss may be a boon for the Independent League. Simeon assistant coach Marlo Finner has been named head coach at U-High.
Finner takes over for Chad Stewart, who resigned to take a position with the Chicago Police Department.
"I have been preparing myself for this day and I look forward to the challenge," Finner said.
Finner was an All-State forward at Phillips in 1990 before playing at Missouri.
Prior to his four-year stint at Simeon, Finner led Morgan Park's sophomore team to the Public League semifinals in 2008.
Simeon coach Rob Smith said Finner will be missed, but he's happy for him.
''I think its a great opportunity for him," Smith said. ''He works real well with kids, is a great motivator and has a very high basketball IQ.''
Finner said some of his buddies are chiding him about moving from a Simeon program with an abundance of talent to a program with lesser-known players. But he's not concerned about that.
''Kids are kids," Finner said. ''These kids want the same thing that the Simeon kids want, and that is to be the best that they can be and my job is to help them reach that goal.''
Finner inherits a team with 6-1 point guard Mikal Muhammed, 6-3 guard Jordan Moran, and 6-8 center Max Rothschild.
''There are some talented players over there [at U-High],'' Finner said. ''They are very coachable and eager.''