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For the Erie boys basketball team, the best fit already was part of the program.

On Wednesday, Erie athletic director Richie Wildenhaus announced that Scott Melin will take over as the Tigers’ head coach. Melin spent the past five seasons at Erie as an assistant under Tim Leahy, who resigned earlier this spring.

“We had about 30 applicants and we were really happy with how competitive the applicant pool was,” Wildenhaus said. “I know what set Scott apart, in addition to being excellent with the X’s and O’s of the game, is that he’s a great leader.

“He’s everything we look for in a coach and leader — a coach beyond the X’s and O’s. There was no better fit for us than for him to take the reins.”

Melin inherits a program he has helped lead to the postseason in each of the past three seasons. Prior to arriving at Erie, Melin also spent two seasons as an assistant under Leahy’s father, Mike Leahy, at Centaurus.

“I’m a big defensive guy. I love defense and it will all start there,” Melin said. “I know this is a group who will put in the work to get better up and down the floor. This is a challenge I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”

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