Walter Johnson High School has found itself a new boys’ basketball coach and it happens to be a familiar face.
Junior varsity coach Brian Fairall was recently promoted to coach many of the players that he introduced to the high school basketball game.
As coach of the JV team, Fairall had a 10-5 record last winter. The Wildcats’ varsity squad went 2-21.
Fairall’s success was progressive during his time as the JV coach and he hopes to bring similar success to the varsity level.
“My strength, and what will be a little bit different is I’m a little more detail oriented,” Fairall said. “I think there will be a little more structure with the program. The previous coach was not in the building, which I think was a little bit of a disadvantage, and I’ve been teaching at Walter Johnson for 10 years and coaching the JV team for eight years. ... I think it’ll be a little more cohesive with me being in the building and being able to plan things — offseason, in-season, games, weight programs, just getting everything organized.”
Fairall said that the team should be more competitive and that it will be beneficial having coached many of the players before. The players know his system and the terminology isn’t going to change.
— Prince Grimes