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Quincy High School will put its boys basketball program in the hands of one of the family.

Andy Douglas, a member of the last Blue Devils team to play in an Illinois supersectional when he was a senior in 2000, was approved Thursday night by the Quincy School Board to succeed Sean Taylor as the program’s coach.

Currently an instructor at a Quincy elementary school, Douglas has coached Liberty High School to an 83-36 record over the past four seasons and is a member of one of the community’s most recognizable basketball names.

His father, Jerry, is a brother to Blue Devils’ all-state players Bruce and Dennis Douglas and according to the Quincy Herald-Whig, Andy Douglas is one of 13 sons or grandsons of Claydine and the late Melvin Douglas to play for the Blue Devils.

With his hiring, Douglas joins United Township’s Marc Polite, Rock Island Alleman’s Patrick Rangel and Moline’s Craig Schimmel as Western Big Six coaches leading programs at their alma maters.

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