By Jodie Wagner
As an American Heritage point guard in the early 2000’s, Brandon McThay led the Stallions to back-to-back state tournament berths in boys basketball.
The 30-year-old McThay returns to the Delray Beach school this month with similar hopes for his alma mater, this time as its coach.
McThay, a 2004 American Heritage graduate who went on to play college basketball at Division I Lamar University, looks forward to his new role with the Stallions.
The head coaching position at American Heritage is his first at the high school level.
“It’s a dream come true, to be coaching in a place like American Heritage which is so prestigious in so many ways,” said McThay, who currently is CEO of the Florida Vipers, a nationally ranked AAU program.
“Now is the time that we can build that tradition back. We want to give kids the opportunity to understand the importance of education and athletics and what they teach.”
It’s been a challenging few seasons for the Stallions, who finished 8-17 last year and have not had a winning record since 2010.
McThay hopes to change the culture within the program and get the Stallions back on a winning path.
“I want to get them to believe in hard work and dedication,” he said of his players. “I plan to send a lot of guys to college. My goal is getting them to achieve in life and learn life’s lessons.”