After leading Nathan Hale to state and national titles, Roy will leave to coach at his alma mater.
Shortly after leading Nathan Hale to state and national titles, Brandon Roy is expected to leave the Raiders to become the boys basketball coach at his alma mater, Garfield.
A source with knowledge of the situation told The Seattle Times on Thursday about the move. Seattle Public Schools could not confirm the hiring.
The Garfield High Sports Twitter account also confirmed the hiring:
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Former Garfield coach Ed Haskins tweeted a congratulations Thursday. Haskins took an assistant coaching job at Washington State, which opened the position for Roy.
Garfield retired Roy’s No. 4 in 2016. He went onto to be an All-American at Washington and Rookie of the Year with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Roy was coach at Nathan Hale for one season, leading a squad that included seven transfers, including the top-ranked player in the nation in Michael Porter Jr., to a 29-0 record and a win over Garfield in the Class 3A state championship game in March.
Hale had seen little basketball success over the previous 20 years. Hale, which was 3-18 in 2015-16, hadn’t been to state since a sixth-place finish in 1994. The Raiders routinely finished toward the bottom of the ultracompetitive Metro League.
Hale had several big wins during the regular season, including beating Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, Calif., ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the championship game of the Les Schwab Invitational in late December near Portland, Ore. The Raiders also beat perennial prep school power Oak Hill on ESPN at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., in January.
Hale decided against playing in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York City in late March.
Four of the seven national basketball polls ranked Hale as the No. 1 team in the nation in April. It was a first for a basketball team from Washington. La Lumiere of LaPorte, Ind., which won the Dick’s tournament, was No. 1 in the other three polls.
Roy was named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year.
Roy has had an eventful offseason as he was reportedly shot while in Compton, Calif., in late April. Roy has yet to confirm the shooting or provide details of what happened.