CENTENNIAL | Eaglecrest didn’t need to look too far for its new head girls basketball coach, as athletic director Vince Orlando announced the hire of boys basketball assistant Robby Gabrielli to the post.
Gabrielli takes over a program that was headed for the past two seasons by Tim Brennan, who finished with a 15-33 record, including a 7-17 mark in the 2015-16 season that ended with a loss to Fairview in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
An assistant with Eaglecrest’s highly successful boys program — from 2009-2012 and 2014-16, when the Raptors made two Final Four appearances and one championship game — Gabrielli will be the program’s third head coach in the past five seasons, following two-year stints by Brennan and Alex Moore.
“We are very excited to welcome Coach Gabrielli to our Raptors family,” Orlando said in a statement. “We look forward to raising the expectation level for our program and putting a competitive team out on the floor each and every year.”
In late March, Orlando said there was a mutual parting of ways with Brennan and said “we thank Coach Brennan and his staff for their dedication, effort and hard work the last two years.”
Eaglecrest didn’t have a single senior on its final roster for the 2015-16 season and expects to return both of its All-Centennial League second team selections in senior-to-be Jessica Stoner and sophomore-to-be Raquel Turner.
Turner led the team with an average of 7.2 points per game, followed by Stoner at 6.5 and junior-to-be Kailey Wilson at 6.1 to go with her team-leading 6.6 rebounds.
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