Incline basketball coach to leave program after two years
After winning the past three consecutive league titles with a collective record of 70-15 during that span, a casual observer might believe the Incline boysandamp;#8217; basketball program has been a model of consistency andamp;#8212; particularly at the head coaching position.He would be wrong.The Highlanders are searching for a new head coach for the second time in three years. This time, they need to replace Brian Broaddus, who accepted a head coaching and teaching position at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls. Former head coach and athletic director Dan Schreiber left Incline after leading the Highlanders to a state championship title in 2010. andamp;#8220;Iandamp;#8217;m excited, but itandamp;#8217;s bittersweet,andamp;#8221; said Broaddus, who guided the Incline boys to a 22-6 record in each of his two seasons, highlighted by a state runner-up finish his first year. andamp;#8220;I wouldnandamp;#8217;t want to trade these two years for anything. Incline was a chapter in my life and itandamp;#8217;s been great, but Iandamp;#8217;m turning the page now and starting a new chapter in the book of life.andamp;#8221;According to the Idaho Falls Post Register, Broaddusandamp;#8217; official hiring is still pending a district board meeting on April 11. Heandamp;#8217;ll then take over for longtime head coach Tim Hooten, who resigned Feb. 25.andamp;#8220;We were looking for someone who could teach, someone who was good with kids, someone who respected and loves kids, someone kids love to play for,andamp;#8221; Bonneville athletic director Dale Gardner told the Idaho Falls Post Register. andamp;#8220;Someone who wanted to teach life lessons, not just basketball. We had some really good candidates, and it was a really hard decision. But in the end, we got the guy thatandamp;#8217;s going to fit our school best.andamp;#8221; The Post Register reported that Broaddus was carefully selected among a pool of 18 applicants. Broaddus said the schoolandamp;#8217;s principal contacted him recently after he had applied last year, when he thought his job might be in jeopardy due to cutbacks.andamp;#8220;Last year I thought my job could be cut, so I started looking, and I interviewed at this school in Idaho and they offered me a job. But they didnandamp;#8217;t have the head coaching job available, and I had this senior group coming back that I thought had a chance to do something great, so I turned them down,andamp;#8221; said Broaddus, whose injury-depleted Highlanders played into the second round of the playoffs before losing to eventual state champ West Wendover this past season. andamp;#8220;That principal then called me up and said the menandamp;#8217;s coaching job was available and asked if I was interested. The more we researched it, it just seemed like a great fit.andamp;#8221;Broaddus cited a number of reasons for accepting the new job. For starters, Incline Village is an expensive place to live, he said, and he did not envision being able to buy a house nearby on a teacherandamp;#8217;s salary. He said heandamp;#8217;d prefer to live in the same town he works andamp;#8212; as opposed to commuting like he does now from Carson City andamp;#8212; and Idaho Falls affords that option.The town of more than 50,000 also provides better hunting and fishing opportunities for the Oregon native, as well as an appealing location to settle in and raise his young daughters, he said. andamp;#8220;Iandamp;#8217;m real big into fly fishing and bow hunting andamp;#8212; I like to elk hunt and all that stuff. Growing up in Oregon, I did that a lot, and Iandamp;#8217;ve missed it the last two years being here,andamp;#8221; Broaddus said. andamp;#8220;And our girls are also going to be in the third and sixth grade, so we were looking for great family place to raise them and stay put and get them through school.andamp;#8221;The Idaho schoolandamp;#8217;s basketball program also appealed to Broaddus, who will also teach physical education, weights and a basketball class, he said andamp;#8212; the same as he did at Incline.Bonneville, which had 1,201 students in the last state count, according to the Post Register, returns the majority of its team for the next two seasons. The Bees, who compete in the 4A, started four sophomores much of last season. andamp;#8220;Basketball-wise, itandamp;#8217;s a great opportunity for me. Our gym here seats 650, and their gym seats 2,600. And basketball is huge in that area,andamp;#8221; Broaddus said. andamp;#8220;Thereandamp;#8217;s some talent coming up and good potential at a place that really values and cares about basketball a lot. Itandamp;#8217;s been amazing, since Iandamp;#8217;ve accepted the job, in like seven or eight days Iandamp;#8217;ve gotten like 48 emails from basketball parents there welcoming me, offering help with spring ball, offering to help us move, stay at their house … itandamp;#8217;s just been incredible.andamp;#8221;Incline athletic director Jan Groff said the school just learned last Tuesday that Broaddus was leaving. andamp;#8220;Needless to say, we have yet to start the process of seeking a new boysandamp;#8217; basketball coach,andamp;#8221; she said.