Two months after Bruce Lussier retired at Father Ryan, the Fighting Irish have found his replacement. Brian Rector who had success at both Ravenwood and Centennial has been tabbed to replace Lussier.
Rector spent five seasons at Centennial (2011-15) and led the Cougars to unprecedented heights especially the last two seasons going 22-5. In 2015, the Cougars made school history going 12-2 and making the Class 5A semifinals for the first time.
Although Lussier only posted a 57-65 record at Father Ryan, the Fighting Irish made the playoffs eight times and also made two Division II semifinal appearances. Ryan defeated Catholic school rival Pope John Paul II nine times in his tenure including the retaining the Bishop Cup the last three seasons.
The Fighting Irish are coming off a 4-7 season and go into the 2016 season with a three game losing streak.
“The legacy of Father Ryan in Tennessee sports history is long and wide, embodying the best of competition, sportsmanship and leadership. There is the unique opportunity to teach and coach at a place with outstanding facilities and a large and committed community of fans supporting its programs. In addition, following in the long line of coaches, like Leo Long, Louis Catignani, Bill Derrick, Boots Donnelly, Tommy Bateman, Kurt Page and Bruce Lussier is humbling and energizing, and I look forward to working with our coaches to help these young men achieve success while representing the best example of Father Ryan,” Rector said.
Rector complied a 41-20 record at Centennial and has an 83-41 overall record in stints at Centennial (2011-15) and Ravenwood (2004-08) and he made four playoff appearances at both schools. Under Rector, the Raptors won the Class 5A state title over Oak Ridge 14-7 and then finished runner up to Smyrna a year later.
“Our search process produced exceptional people, but the committee and our administrative staff found a special person in Brian. He has distinguished himself as a coach at the top levels in the state and has shown at each place a gift for developing his players as strong athletes and exceptional people. He is familiar with the school, and he embraces our culture and our commitment to an outstanding and successful experience for all of our students. It is a combination that fits perfectly for Father Ryan, and we are pleased to welcome Brian and his family to Father Ryan,” Father Ryan President Jim McIntyre said.
He complied a 41-20 record in his five seasons at Ravenwood before leaving to take a graduate assistants job at Western Kentucky for two years (2009-10) before coming back in the high school level at Centennial in 2011. Before taking the Ravenwood job, Rector was an as is tantalizing in his home state of Kentucky as he was the defensive coordinator at Oldham County (KY) and an assistant coach at Daviess County as well.
There are 17 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Dickson County, East Hickman, Hampton, Jackson North side, East Ridge, Chattanooga Central, Riverdale, White House Heritage, CAK, Jackson County, Spring Hill, Cumberland Gap, Ravenwood, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, West Creek and Westwood.
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