By Jeremy Balan
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s new girls basketball coach may not be the Russell Irish faithful have been clamoring for, but he’s a Russell nonetheless, with plenty of ties to the school.
Sacred Heart announced the hiring of LyRyan Russell on Thursday. Russell will take over for Mike Carey, who resigned from the position in May after three seasons at the helm of the program.
Russell, who played for the Irish boys team and graduated from Sacred Heart in 1997, went on to play at the University of San Francisco and then played professionally in Germany.
Russell is the older brother of former SHC star girls basketball player Toni Russell, who won a state championship under legendary head coach Brian Harrigan in 1998. Many speculated that Toni, who went on to play at USF as well, would be on the short list of candidates for the Sacred Heart head coaching vacancy, but she appears to be staying with Harrigan as an assistant at St. Francis.
“We are excited to have LyRyan return to his alma mater and are confident that he will continue the legacy of excellence of the SHC [girls] basketball program,” Sacred Heart Cathedral athletic director JoAnn Momono said in a press release from the school.