West Seneca West is turning to a former Allen Wilson Buffalo News Boys Basketball Player of the Year as its boys basketball coach.
Former Nichols and East Aurora star Stan Wier was appointed to the post with the Indians during a school board meeting Tuesday night.
Wier, the 2012 News Player of the Year after leading East Aurora to the Section VI Class A title as a senior, takes over for Desmond Randall, who led West to two straight sectional Class A-1 championships during his two seasons at his alma mater.
Randall stepped down during the summer to take the men’s basketball coaching job at Villa Maria College.
“I’m very excited and happy to be able to get the chance to coach the team,” Wier said. “I’ve done a little research on them. Des Randall did a phenomenal job establishing a culture. Just looking forward to (the season).”
Practice begins Nov. 11.
Wier’s previous coaching experience includes serving as an assistant women’s coach at Daemen (2017-18) along with coaching junior varsity girls at St. Mary’s (2015) and JV boys at East Aurora (2014). Last year, he was an assistant with the Medaille men.
“He was the best candidate out of about a half dozen that we interviewed,” said Jim Graczyk, West Seneca’s interim athletic director. “Good basketball knowledge and he puts kids first.”
Wier helped Nichols win the Federation state title in 2010 and then went to prep school for a year. He returned home his senior year to play with his brother at East Aurora, helping the Blue Devils reach the state quarterfinals, where they lost to Section V champion and private school Bishop Kearney.
He earned a scholarship to play at University at Buffalo and later attempted a comeback at a JUCO college in Midland, Texas, but never practiced or played college ball due to recurring knee problems that required four surgeries over a four-year period. He tore the patella tendon in his right and left knees. Wier currently works in digital securities.
His goal with West Seneca West, he said, is to help the kids grow as much as they can personally.
“I’m big on culture and help them pick up the game," Wier said. "I’d just like to thank the administration at West Seneca West and anyone else who has helped me go through the process.”