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Boys Basketball: 'Favorite son' returns as McKeesport coach

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles new McKeesport boys basketball coach Gerald "Puddin" Grayson.

"McKeesport has its "Puddin" back.

The excitement of that has circulated through the McKees-port community since one of the city's favorite son's — now 66 years young — was hired as the high school's new boys basketball coach last month.

Gerald "Puddin" Grayson, a youth league and high school football legend in the Mon Valley, has made his newest coaching stop at the same place where he made his first. Grayson was a seventh and eighth-grade boys coach in 1973.

Since then, his coaching resume includes guiding the McKeesport girls — led by WPIAL all-time great Swin Cash — to a WPIAL title in the late 1990s, and most recently taking the Elizabeth Forward boys to the WPIAL quarterfinals last season."