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Lincoln basketball coach resigns

06/05/2014, 7:36pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Bryant says steady turnover among administrators at school factored in decision

Lincoln basketball coach Jason Bryant led the Hornets to a state title in 2010.

Jason Bryant has stepped down as coach of the Lincoln High boys basketball team.

Bryant announced his resignation Thursday, ending a seven-year tenure that included San Diego Section championships in 2010 and 2011, a state title in 2010 and a national ranking that peaked at No. 15.

Steady turnover among administrators at Lincoln factored into his decision, Bryant said, but ultimately he felt the move was best for him and a basketball program that needed a breath of fresh air he could not provide.

“We’ve achieved a lot as a group. It’s been amazing and I appreciate all the things we’ve accomplished, but with the transition here at Lincoln, it’s time for me to move on to a new challenge,” Bryant said.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more in my tenure at Lincoln. And I’m extremely appreciative and thankful of everyone that’s helped me and this program along the way. It’s been a tremendous time for me.”

Messages left with several administrators at Lincoln were not immediately returned.

Bryant will retain his duties as a special education teacher at Lincoln. In addition, he will continue to organize the school’s San Diego-Los Angeles Challenge basketball tournament.

Under Bryant, Lincoln compiled a 136-71 record. The last two seasons, however, weren’t as successful. The Hornets lost to El Camino in the opening round of the Open Division playoffs this year.

“Maintaining a team GPA between 3.0 and 3.2 has been my proudest moment here,” Bryant said. “It’s obviously a great achievement to win titles and basketball games, but making sure these kids achieve success in the classroom and position themselves for a successful future ranks highest for me, in terms of moments.”

Bryant coached a number of talented players, including shooting guard Norman Powell, who earned a scholarship to UCLA.

“I’m always open to new opportunities to coach basketball, but if nothing happens between now and the fall season, I’m OK with where I am, in terms of not coaching,” Bryant said. “God has a plan in store for me, and I’m only going to do what God has for me. If it’s coaching, great.”

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