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Patrick Henry hires former Lincoln coach

08/29/2015, 3:45pm PDT
By Steve Brand

After a year away from the game, Bryant will take over Patriots program

Coach Jason Bryant led Lincoln to a state championship in 2010.

Jason Bryant is returning to coach high school basketball and he’ll still be wearing green.

Bryant, who guided Lincoln to a 2010 state championship, three Southern California Regional finals and two section titles, will don the green and gold of Patrick Henry High.

“I took a year off to recharge my batteries, to figure things out,” said Bryant, who will remain a special education teacher at Lincoln. “It was good for me physically and emotionally. I realized I was back in love with coaching.”

Bryant was at Lincoln for eight years where players like Norman Powell (UCLA-Toronto Raptors), Victor Dean and the Robinson twins — Tyrell and Tyree — annually made the Hornets one of the state’s best teams.

He said he’s looking ahead, though, not back.

“I want to make Patrick Henry relevant again,” said Bryant, aware the Patriots have fallen on hard times in recent years. “I saw them last year and it’s about what the program could be. The administration is supportive.

“(Coaching) is why I moved here (from Los Angeles) and it’s time to get back.”

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