East Bay coach Billy Teeden, who led the boys basketball program to its first region final in 47 years this past season, left to become the coach at Plant City.
Teeden said he made the move because he has two young sons (ages 8 and 10) and lives close to Plant City.
“The school (Plant City) is practically in my back yard,” Teeden said. “My boys are growing up and will hopefully play for me someday. This also gives me a chance to do more things around the house.”
Teeden told his East Bay players he was leaving on Thursday before making the announcement official. He said he will continue to teach at East Bay the remainder of the school year before moving over to Plant City on a full-time basis. On Monday, Teeden will meet with the Raiders for the first time.
“It’s exciting to take on a new challenge and try to build something again,” Teeden said.
In six seasons with the Indians, Teeden made the playoffs four times, including three region semifinal appearances. The 2014-15 season was the biggest breakthrough with East Bay’s first trip to the region final since 1968. The Indians lost 52-50 to state finalist Osceola Kissimmee in the Class 7A region final.
“It’s tough to leave,” Teeden said. “We built some consistency (at East Bay) and turned into something respectable.”
Teeden has some rebuilding to do with Plant City. Last season, the Raiders were 2-17.