Ty Mason is returning to coach Comstock Park’s basketball team a decade after earning first-team Class B All-State honors for the Panthers.

That’s what Comstock Park athletic director Kendra Faustin announced Thursday regarding Mason, who also was a team captain on Cornerstone University’s national championship team in 2015.

“It’s a cool opportunity,” Mason said. “I couldn’t imagine a better place to go back and coach. I’m excited about it.

“I fell in love with the game of basketball in the Comstock Park gym nearly 20 years ago. Basketball has given me so much over the years and I’m excited for the chance to give back to it. I met my wife in a gym, met some of my best friends, made amazing memories and have had the opportunity to play for some special coaches on special teams.”

Mason has replaced Scott Berry, who coached the Panthers for the past 15 years before stepping down. Mason has coached travel ball and trained youths in recent years in the Comstock Park area. This will be his first head coaching varsity opportunity.

Mason played forward for Berry and was a three-year varsity player and two-year starter. He averaged 22.5 points and 6.8 rebounds his senior season.

“I’m still really close to Coach Berry. We talk frequently,” Mason said. “He called to let me know that he resigned. We had talked about me coming back to help coach over the last few years, but it just didn’t line up. It was something that I was thinking about doing sooner rather than later. When Coach Berry let me know that he resigned, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up, to carry on his legacy and go back to a school that I have great memories playing basketball.

“This year’s senior class that just graduated as well as last year’s senior class, I coached them in travel ball when they were in seventh and grade. I did that for a few years. Along with that group, I have trained kids that are going through the program now. I am already familiar with some of the kids and families. It’s a natural fit.”

It was on to Cornerstone University after graduating from Comstock Park. Mason played for the Golden Eagles from 2011-15.

Mason and his wife Katelyn have three children. He is the assistant vice president/business banking relationship manager at TCF Bank.

“There is no substitute for an alum who has been through it and is able to hit the ground running,” Faustin said. “He has an unbelievable reputation as an all-around outstanding guy. We are very excited to have him as head coach.”

“Scott Berry did an amazing job with our program, and he had a lot of success,” Faustin added. He will be missed.”

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