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Blazers Hire John McCullough As Advance Scout

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired John McCullough to serve as their new advance scout.

The Portland Trail Blazers introduced John McCullough as their new advance scout during Media Day on Monday.

McCullough evidently took the position back in August, although the Blazers did not formalize announce the hire (as far as I can tell). Prior to his new job, McCullough served as head coach of the women's basketball team at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here's a portion of the school's press release announcing his decision to leave.

John McCullough, head coach of Lady Bison basketball, ended his 12-year career at OBU Monday, Aug. 20, to take the job as advance scout with the National Basketball Association's Portland Trail Blazers. He will serve as part of the staff of first-year coach Terry Stotts, a long-time friend of McCullough. The two played basketball together at the University of Oklahoma.

"It was a tough decision after 12 years at Oklahoma Baptist University," McCullough said. "This has been a wonderful life experience for me and our family. We will miss the relationships of the players who have come through and the coaches. We will always remember OBU with a smile on our faces."

McCullough was 272-131 at OBU, including the only two 30-win seasons in the program's history. He won two Sooner Athletic Conference titles and took the Lady Bison to their lone appearance in the NAIA Fab Four in 2009.

"It's tough to see John go," said OBU Director of Athletics Robert Davenport. "He's been a tremendous ambassador for OBU basketball and a great person on top of that. We're excited for his opportunity to move up to the NBA and wish him the best."

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter