After bidding farewell to its all-time leading scorer, the West Hall High girls basketball team must now also absorb the loss of its head coach.
Bryan Richerson is stepping down from his position as coach of the Lady Spartans, West Hall principal Scott Justus announced in a news release Tuesday, May 8. His departure comes just a few weeks before sharp-shooting guard Anna McKendree, who topped 2,000 career points this season, is set to graduate.
Richerson, who was named head coach in 2013 following two years as an assistant for the program, is leaving his post to “pursue a coaching position in another school system,” Justus said in the news release. He guided West Hall to back-to-back region championships in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, with the first title setting the stage for the Lady Spartans’ first state quarterfinal berth since 1999.
West Hall turned the latter region championship into an appearance in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament, where it lost by just three points to eventual state champion Columbus.
Richerson amassed an 80-57 record over his five years with the program, which qualified for the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
“Coach Richerson has been a vital part of West Hall athletics, and the girls’ basketball program for the past seven years,” Justus said in the news release. “ ... We will begin an immediate and thorough search to find his replacement.”
Compiled by Marcus Rodrigue