Brehm steps down as coach at Greenwich High

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Bill Brehm has stepped down as head coach of the Greenwich boys basketball team. Bob Luckey photo

Bill Brehm has stepped down as head coach of the Greenwich boys basketball team. Bob Luckey photo

Bill Brehm, who recently  guided the Greenwich High School boys basketball team to its best season  in school history, has stepped down as head coach of the Cardinals – a position he held since 2006.

Scott Ericson of The Advocate broke the news Thursday night. Under Brehm’s tutelage, the Cardinals finished their 2013-14 basketball season with a record of 24-4, advanced to the FCIAC Tournament finals and made it all the way to the CIAC Class LL semifinals. The 24 victories by the Cardinals was a school record.

“It was really great coaching and being around basketball at GHS in some capacity since 1991. It has been a tremendous experience and it’s been really rewarding, exciting and a heck of a lot of fun,” Brehm said via text late Thursday night. “My experience has been overwhelmingly positive and I will always support GHS basketball for many years to come.”

The impressive job Brehm did with the Cardinals this past season didn’t go unnoticed. He was selected as the 2013-14 FCIAC Coach of the Year by his peers and was the Hearst Connecticut Media Coach of the Year as well. Brehm produced two successful head coaching stints with the Cardinals, his first one beginning in 1999.  His first experience at the helm was highlighted by a 22-4 finish during the 2001-02 season and a berth in the FCIAC finals.

This past season, Greenwich’s 14-0 start was considered a surprise to many. Yet after being around the team a bit in the preseason and covering their games early in the season, some of the players told me they believed they were going to have a great season and advance deep into the postseason. Brehm and his coaching staff had the Cardinals believing they could do so and they went out there and excelled.

Watching the Cardinals play during Brehm’s tenure, I knew I was going to see a well disciplined team with a penchant for playing strong defense. In the games I saw this past season, GHS rarely beat itself with turnovers, executed its half court offense well and consistently played in-your-face defense.

Win or lose, Brehm was always a pleasure to talk to after each game and always gave an honest opinion of his team’s play. I wish him the best of luck and hope to see him on the bench coaching again in the future.

 

Dave Fierro

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