McLean new girls basketball coach at Buhler

By Steve Sell
July 11, 2014

BUHLER — Jon McLean, who reportedly resigned under pressure in 2010 as the Buhler boys basketball coach, has resurfaced at the school as the girls basketball coach, according to today’s edition of The Hutchinson News.

McLean, who played collegiately at Bethany College as he was a stellar point guard for the Swedes, was the boys’ coach for three seasons and was well respected among his peers and media members. However, he offered his resignation to the school board as, according to The News, parents of the players claimed that McLean “yelled too much.” The News also reported, however, that he “didn’t use profanity or belittle the players.”

He was later replaced by longtime Salina South coach Denny Wahlgren.

McLean will be replacing longtime coach Brennan Torgerson, who led the team to a 15-7 record last season and earned AVCTL Division III Coach of the Year. But couldn’t clear the McPherson hurdle, as the Bullpups were 3-0 against the Crusaders, the biggest win coming in the sub-state championship game.

McLean has a team that’s expected to be a 4A Division I state title contender. He has one of the state’s best 1-2 punches in Jessica Steffen and Alex Keller. Also, he catches McPherson in a rebuilding mode, as the Bullpups must replace four starters.