Mennig Expected to Take Over Urbana GBB Program

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URBANA -- Former state champion coach Chris Mennig is back in Champaign County, set to take over the Urbana girls basketball program.

The Urbana school board is expected to vote on the school's recommendation of his hiring later this month.

Mennig led the 2013-2014 St. Thomas More girls basketball team to a 2A state title, and will take over an Urbana program that's had 20 losing seasons in the last 28 years.

"We are very excited to have Chris aboard our journey at Urbana," said Urbana athletic director Stephen Waller. "Chris has a wealth of experience working with female basketball players, developing basketball programs and creating a culture of excellence that Urbana is seeking. His ability to get the most out of his players is an absolute stamp we are striving for within all of our programs."

Mennig was let go from St. Thomas More following the 2013-2014 season amid investigations by the IRS and FBI for possible money structuring. He was never charged with any crime.

Mennig told the Champaign News-Gazette, "To the best of my knowledge from everything I've been told, it's not (now) an active invesigation."

He spent that last two seasons coaching at Lawrenceville High School.

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