New Morgantown basketball coach Dave Tallman (right) pictured with WVU head basketball coach Bob Huggins (left).

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) boys basketball coach Dave Tallman was officially approved on Tuesday night by the Monongalia County Board of Education to take over as Morgantown’s new boys basketball coach.

Tallman has been at the helm with St. Mary’s Ryken since 2007 and is the son of current Magnolia boys basketball coach Dave Tallman, Sr.

“He’s so excited and we’ll be tickled to death to get him back to West Virginia,” Tallman, Sr. said. “Not just because he’s my son, but I think he’s a fantastic coach.”

Tallman, who serves as the athletic director with St. Mary’s as well, takes over for longtime Morgantown coach Tom Yester who stepped down after this past season. Yester, in all, spent 42 years as a head coach, 32 of them with the Mohigans.

“Tom (Yester) was a great coach and maybe Dave can build off of what he did and ultimately win a state championship or two,” Tallman, Sr. said.

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St. Mary’s Ryken this past season tied a school record 18-wins, matching the total from the 2010-2011 season. Since 2008, 19 of 25 graduates from Tallman’s program have gone on to play basketball at the collegiate level, including Treveon Graham who averaged 15.8 points per game this past season at VCU.

Former Mountaineer John Flowers is a 2007 graduate from St. Mary’s Ryken as well. As a player, Tallman won a Class AA state basketball championship under his father at Magnolia back in 2000. He went on to graduate from Wheeling Jesuit in 2004 as his collegiate basketball career was cut short by injury. Tallman served as an assistant at St. Mary’s Ryken before taking over the program in 2007.

Morgantown, meanwhile, is coming off of a 15-11 campaign that included another berth in the state tournament where the Mohigans fell to top seed Washington.

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  • Big Nice

    My step son played for him this past year. The man fights for his players and doesn't let politics get in the way of winning. To qualities rarely seen in our great state!!

  • Mohigan Basketball

    Below average coaches don't get invited to lead a team in the prestigious Capitol Classic All-Star game.

  • Steeler

    I'm pretty sure I know more about WCAC basketball than you. He will be a fine coach in WV. Below average in the WCAC.

    • lumberjack

      I guarantee I have seen more basketball than you steeler. My dad has over 400 wins in wetzel county and I run the shot clock in the WCAC. Yes, the WCAC is the premier league in high school basketball, and when the school (Ryken) invested money in the program Ryken succeeded. Treveon Graham a few years ago VCU and Davis Zemgulis Penn State current. I have seen Dave coach aagainst multiple kids in the NBA. I saw Ryken beat O'Connell when they had Kendall Marshall. I'm pretty sure he started at point guard for the Lakers this year. So if you want to talk WCAC hoops you can be ok 90% of the time but i actually live it.

  • Mohigan Basketball

    Steeler, Google Ryken's facilities and location in relation to the rest of the WCAC. Tallman did a great job there and it will continue here.

  • Great Hire!

    Yes a force. They lost in the state semi finals this season. The wcac is one of the toughest conferences in the country.

  • Steeler

    Joe Wootten isn't half the coach his Dad was. He might be a good public school coach in WV. He's probably a good kid. But his teams lost more than they won in the WCAC.

    • Great Hire!

      You're an idiot.

  • Mohigan Basketball

    Ryken lost to Bishop O Connell by 90 points the year before Tallman got there.

  • Steeler

    A force? Conference records the last 4 yrs:

    2013. 7-11
    2012. 1-17
    2011. 0-18
    2010. 8-10

    WCAC is a tough league.

  • notorious

    You do realize that 85% of the teams in the WCAC would dominate in WV, right? What he did at Ryken was impressive, and he will do good things at MHS.

  • Great Hire!

    He turned a doormat into a force. Quit hating.

  • Steeler

    He was a sub .500 coach in the WCAC during his career.