PIPPA PASSES — Former Prestonsburg head coach Brandon Gearheart is set to guide another boys’ high school basketball program. Gearheart was announced as the new head coach of the June Buchanan School boys’ basketball program on Tuesday.
A Floyd County native, Gearheart replaces Wes Smith on the June Buchanan bench. He spent the 2018-19 boys’ high school basketball season as an assistant coach on Smith’s coaching staff. June Buchanan is a member of the neighboring 14th Region.
“I’m blessed to get the opportunity to be a head boys’ basketball coach again,” said Gearheart. “I graduated from Alice Lloyd College, so I’ve always had strong ties and roots to the community and JBS. Since last serving as Prestonsburg High boys’ basketball coach I’ve stayed active in coaching. Last year, I coached middle school girls’ basketball at John M. Stumbo and served as an assistant coach with the June Buchanan boys’ team under Wes Smith. I really enjoyed my time at John M. Stumbo and at JBS as an assistant. My love and passion for the game never wavered. I was very disappointed and frustrated with the way things ended for me at Prestonsburg. I felt like I had given a lot to both the girls’ and boys’ programs and I loved every minute of it. I prayed that somewhere down the road I’d get another shot. I’d interviewed for several jobs and had no luck and was going to help with the high school girls’ team at Pike County Central when Dean Amanda Clark from JBS called. I’m so grateful for the chance to serve such a magnificent school. The athletic facilities at JBS and ALC are being renovated with new gyms for both that are state of the art. The weight rooms are new and modern and it’s just an exciting time on campus. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully we can build something special at JBS. I know that good things take time and I’m going to dedicate and throw myself into doing everything I can to better the program. I’ve had so many people reach out and congratulate me, former coaches I’ve worked with, former players. I appreciate them so much. It’s an exciting time for sure.”
Gearheart has served as a head coach in both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball.
June Buchanan competes in the 53rd District, along with Knott County Central, Letcher County Central and Cordia. The Crusaders concluded the 2018-19 season 8-22 following a loss to Knott County Central in the 53rd District Boys’ Basketball Tournament Semifinals.
Gearheart will open preseason practice with the June Buchanan boys’ basketball team in mid-October.