Former Lyons star Jim Maley speaks out on Kenwood Academy firing

<p>LaGrange Lyons' Jim Maley (20) and Moline's Jay McAdams-Thornton, right, go after a loose ball during the quarterfinal round of the IHSA Class AA boys' tournament in Peoria, Ill., Friday, March 16, 2001. | AP Photos</p>

LaGrange Lyons' Jim Maley (20) and Moline's Jay McAdams-Thornton, right, go after a loose ball during the quarterfinal round of the IHSA Class AA boys' tournament in Peoria, Ill., Friday, March 16, 2001. | AP Photos

Former Lyons star basketball player Jim Maley was recently fired after three seasons as Kenwood Academy’s boys varsity basketball coach. The LaGrange native talked with ChicagoSide Sports about what may have led to his termination, and it wasn’t all on the court.

Jim Maley ran a tight ship in his time at Kenwood Academy, a high school on the city’s Southside.

So much so that players often sat out games to despite having the minimum requirements to participate.

“We did a lot of good things off the court as well. We had a code of conduct in place,” Maley said. “We tried to hold kids accountable for their grades and their actions in school. We were willing to lose games before we would violate the policy.”

[Read more at Chicago Side Sports]

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