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In three seasons away from Wheaton Warrenville South's boys basketball program, Mike Healy knew one thing.
"I missed it a lot," he said.
Now he's back. Healy, who stepped down as the Tigers' varsity coach after the 2011 season, was confirmed Wednesday by the Community Unit School District 200 school board to return to the helm.
Healy replaces Bob Szorc, who resigned in March after three seasons coaching the Tigers.
"When Bob resigned and the opportunity came up, it seemed like the right time for me," Healy said. "I couldn't pass it up."
The Tigers won two regional titles during Healy's nine years as varsity coach. Healy, who stepped down in 2011 to focus on his administrative role with the school, will remain WW South's athletic director.
"(The board has) confidence in what I'm doing as athletic director, and they're OK with me doing both," Healy said.
Healy inherits a team that went 5-22 last winter with several juniors as key contributors. Among the returning senior players next season will be Nick Healy, the oldest of four sons in the family.
Mike Healy, whose youngest son is a fourth-grader, also will have sophomore and freshman sons at WW South next school year.
"It's important that my family is OK with this, and they've been very supportive," Healy said.
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