Brad Wilson’s resignation as boys’ varsity basketball coach at Lake Roosevelt High School was accepted by the school board at its last meeting.
Athletic Director Rich Black said the district will start advertising for a replacement within the district in the next few days and then, if he doesn’t receive any viable candidates, outside the district. He said he would like to get the position filled by the time school begins in the fall, if not sooner.
“It is going to be difficult to replace Brad,” Black said this week. Black and Wilson will interview candidates.
This was Wilson’s 10th year as head basketball coach. He will remain as principal of the school.
Wilson, who had been vice principal, was elevated to principal a year ago at the death of then principal Steve Breeze. For a time, Wilson was vice principal, dean of students, athletic director, boys basketball varsity coach, part time teacher and acting principal.
“I don’t know how he did it,” Black said.
Black is in his first year as athletic director, and also doubles as dean of students.
In his last year, Wilson took his team to the state tournament and was voted league “coach of the year.” He has been named the league’s top coach two times before.
Wilson’s Raiders appeared in the state tournament five of his 10 years as coach, placing fourth in 2011. His teams won three league titles. Twice they played for two regional titles, but lost.
Wilson’s win-loss record as head basketball coach here is 165-89.
“What’s rewarding,” Wilson said, “is following these young men as they graduate and become successful in whatever they choose to do.”
Wilson added, “We have high expectations and great support for our basketball program here.”