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Gull Lake basketball hires new varsity basketball coach

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Coach Bryan Dutton shows off his energy before a practice. Photo taken by Ryan McMullen

After the 2016-17 basketball season, the varsity head coach position was vacated by coach Gary Sprague. After three seasons and less than 10 wins total, the position was up for grabs for coaches to apply.

Numerous coaches applied for the position and Athletic Director Karyn Furlong went through the process of evaluating coaches trying to get the best coach available for Gull Lake. On Friday, September 1, the head coaching job was officially announced and given to Bryan Dutton, a recent addition to the Gull Lake program.

Having been hired last year for the JV head coaching position, coach Dutton put his name in the hat for the job as soon as it was announced.

“I’m really excited about getting the head coaching job. I think what I bring to the position can really change the program for the better and really change the way Gull Lake basketball is looked at,” Dutton said.

Dutton had previous success with working with his group of JV kids, coaching them to a 7-12 record.

New varsity basketball coach Bryan Dutton yells out plays to his offense. Photo by Ryan McMullen

“Returning a lot of guys from the JV squad last year will help us because they know how to work hard and bring energy to the way they play,” Dutton said. “They also know the system I run and we won’t have to spend too much time working on new plays and stuff like that.” 

Dedicating his time to the program, he stepped in for the interim head coach during the varsity team’s summer schedule. Dutton scheduled workouts with the team and ran Gull Lake’s annual Youth Basketball Camp.

“We put in a lot of work this summer, and we had really good success,” Dutton said. “We put in most of our system in the summer, and we would have good turnouts with the players coming to workouts and team camps.”

After being hired, Dutton was told that he had one week to request his new equipment from the Sports Boosters. He went to work immediately cleaning out the athletic cage and listing the equipment that was needed.

“I wanted to get a lot of new gear this year, so we could look like real hoopers. We got some new bags and new away jerseys that will really improve the swag we have. A lot of our old stuff in the cage looked like it was from the 1980s,” Dutton said.

Dutton coaches up one of his players after taking him out for a mistake. Photo by Ryan McMullen

Many of his former players and other players in the program were happy to hear the news that he had received the varsity job.

“I think it’s good for me because it’s the same system,”  junior point guard Devon Prather said, “and I don’t have to learn all new plays and different types of defenses. I think most of the returning players of Dutton feel the same way because he brings a lot to the team being the coach.”

Dutton said he hopes to turn the program around from the past few years and begin a new era of Gull Lake basketball.


Ryan McMullen
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I am the Sports Editor of The Reflection. I mainly write about football and basketball with a few miscellaneous articles here and there. I have won honorable mentions for my articles and this year I hope to win first place this year and win another Spartan Award for The Reflection.

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