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Former Broughton, Sanderson coach Ed McLean dies

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Former Broughton and Sanderson High boys basketball coach and athletics director Ed McLean died suddenly on Wednesday.

McLean, 75, was found at his home on Wednesday night.

"We don't know what happened, but it was very sudden," said Hugh McLean, his son. "He had gone out and gotten the paper. His coffee was on the sink and he had run water into the sink to shave. Whatever happened -- a heart attack, a stroke, or whatever-- happened very quickly."

McLean was a fixture in North Carolina high school athletics. He coached the legendary Pete Maravich, during Maravich's senior season in 1965. McLean resigned from Broughton in 1982 to become an assistant coach on Jim Valvano's staff at N.C. State. McLean was an assistant during the Wolfpack's NCAA championship season in 1983. He was later the head coach at Samford University and was a head coach in the Global Basketball Association.

He later returned to teaching. He was a physical education teacher at Pleasant Union Elementary while he was the head coach at Sanderson High.

Earlier this month, the Pleasant Union gym was named in his honor and he attended his 43rd NCAA basketball Final Four in the past 44 years.

"He said he thought it might be his last one," Hugh McLean said. "He said the travel and expense was getting to be too much. But he loved being there. Seeing all the coaches. Seeing old friends."

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Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.