West Hall athletic director Scott Justus doesn’t anticipate much of a transition period for the girls basketball program next season.
After former coach Lynn Jarrett announced she was retiring following the 2013 season, two-year Lady Spartans assistant coach Bryan Richerson was promoted Tuesday to the position of head coach.
“Coach Richerson is a man that puts the kids first and is a proven winner,” Justus said. “He has a passion for West Hall and we’re excited to have him as head coach.”
Richerson is already well familiar with the basketball landscape of Hall County. He was head girls coach at North Hall in 2008 and 2009, compiling a 26-26 overall record and capturing a Lanierland championship in 2009. Prior to that, the new West Hall coach spent three seasons as assistant boys coach at North Hall.
Richerson is excited about the player personnel he’ll work with next season as Lady Spartans coach, with three returning starters and a good understanding of the younger talent capable of playing at the varsity level. He says spending two years coaching under Jarrett was a valuable and enjoyable experience.
“I always got along really well with coach Jarrett and have a lot of the same coaching philosophies as she does,” Richerson said. “I know my job is to mold the players into young ladies.”
Richerson is entering his 11th year as a coach, including his first three seasons as an assistant boys coach at a school in Gainesville, Fla.
Richerson says he didn’t know that the West Hall head coaching position was going to become vacant until Jarrett announced her retirement, but happily jumped at the opportunity to lead the Lady Spartans.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity and to work for the great administration we have here at West Hall,” Richerson said.