Detroit Pershing coach A.W. Canada steps down

September 21, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes

The Detroit News reported this week that Detroit Pershing coach A.W. Canada, who led the program to a state championship in 2009 and coach Mr. Basketball winners Derrick Nix and Keith Appling, will step down:

A.W. Canada, the head boys basketball coach at Detroit Pershing for the past 10 seasons, has resigned and his top assistant, Wydell Henry, 31, will take over as head coach. Henry has been an assistant at Pershing for the past eight seasons.

Canada will stay with the program as an assistant.

“He just stepped down,” Henry said. “He wants to train professional ballplayers. He’s already doing that.”

The News noted that Canada has worked with Ekpe Udoh and DeShawn Sims. He also trained Toronto Raptors rookie Quincy Acy over the summer.

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