- Bradley Gabriel
has landed the basketball job he
always wanted, accepting the head boys' position at Bandys High. Gabriel, who had left South Iredell to become Patton's first boys' varsity coach, has resigned at Patton to join the coaching staff at his alma mater.
"It has always been my goal to try to get back to Bandys, and I thought this might be my last shot at trying to get back," Gabriel
said Friday."I'm the happiest person in the world.It's an opportunity for me to get back home." Gabriel, 34, is a former Bandys basketball star, playing two varsity seasons for the late Bill Bost and two for the last Mike Matheson before graduating in 1990.He
also played at Montreal College
and was the team's leading scorer as a sophomore and junior. Gabriel
replaces James Littlejohn, who coached Bandys for one season.
It has been a hectic few months for Gabriel
second season as South Iredell's girls' varsity coach, he
was named the Vikings' head boys' coach when Gary Sherrill retired. Shortly after that, Gabriel accepted the open position at Patton, a new 2A school in Burke County that opens next month and play in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A Conference.
When the job at Bandys came open, Gabriel
wanted it despite the Trojans' prolonged struggles in boys' basketball.They went 0-20 last season, 1-19 the year before and have had one winning season since 1993.
"I've just gotta get the kids' mindset on basketball," Gabriel
became girls' coach, the Vikings were coming off an 0-22 season and had won two games in three seasons.
said leaving the Patton
job was a tough decision, but his
desire to have an impact on Bandys basketball is a strong one.
"This is my last gig as far as basketball," he
said. Gabriel will teach at River Bend Middle School and will also likely be a football assistant at Bandys, he said.