North Port High names Bruce Wallace as its boys basketball coach

NORTH PORT — Bruce Wallace was looking for a high school boys basketball coaching job before the North Port High job became open.

In fact, Wallace actually looked at other spots in Florida before getting a tip from his mom, Deanne Kells, who lives in Ocala. She said the Bobcats’ position would suit him better.

After doing a phone interview with the North Port brass, Wallace drove to Florida from North Carolina to interview face-to-face.

Mom’s tip paid off.

North Port director of athletics Tony Miller announced Wallace as the Bobcats’ new head coach on Monday. Miller was part of a diverse seven-person committee that chose Wallace from a group of about 35 candidates.

“He had the best plan moving forward for us,” Miller said. “I liked his energy and philosophy. He did his research and knew who are kids were. When we narrowed it down, he was the one that everybody had on their list.”

Bruce Wallace replaces Ryan Power, who took over the North Port High boys basketball program in 2016.

He replaces Ryan Power, who took over the North Port program in 2016. Power returned to his hometown and now is the basketball coach at Jensen Beach High School.

As for Wallace, he is “super excited” after landing his second head coaching position in as many years.

Wallace was the head coach at Davie County High School in Mocksville, North Carolina, for one season, going 13-11 in North Carolina’s top classification. He was also a varsity assistant for four seasons and the junior varsity coach for three seasons at Davie County.

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