Jevon Mamon frequently used the word “blessed” Monday to describe his coaching journey.
I can’t say I blame him.
It’s not often a person goes from high school coach to Division I assistant of a Final Four team in the blink of an eye.
That career arc suggests the work of a higher power — one much greater than the basketball gods — and good fortune.
Two seasons ago, he was guiding Richards to a South Suburban Red championship.
On Saturday, he’ll be in San Antonio as a member of Loyola’s coaching staff. The Ramblers (32-5) take on Michigan (32-7) at 5:09 p.m.
“To be a part of this in my first year is a blessing,” said Mamon, a 2000 Homewood-Flossmoor graduate. “It’s been unbelievable. To be a small part of one of the greatest seasons we’ve had in a long time is beyond anything I could have imagined.”
In October, Mamon was preparing for his second season as Hyde Park’s coach — he left Richards after the 2015-16 season — when he received a phone call that would alter his career path and, in the process, change his life.
Loyola coach Porter Moser offered Mamon the position of director of men’s basketball operations.
“Coach (Moser) and I had been in contact for some time,” Mamon said. “For whatever reason, the hiring had been prevented from happening at an ideal time. But we remained in contact and continued to talk.
“When the position opened up, I applied for it. He decided to make it happen for me. I’m blessed. It couldn’t come at a better time.”
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