New Bremen Hires Francis As New Boys Basketball Coach

The New Bremen Board of Education formally hired Brad Francis as the Cardinals boys basketball program's new head coach on Thursday
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

The Cardinals found their man.

With an open boys basketball head coaching opening, New Bremen found Brad Francis to led its program for the foreseeable future, making it official on Thursday during a special New Bremen Board of Education meeting.

Word spread about Francis' hiring a couple of weeks before, but was not made official or confirmed publicly until Thursday.

"I missed it," Francis said in a telephone interview Thursday evening. "I helped several coaches with scouting the past year and I watched video with some coaches and I missed.
"I love working with the kids and being around the athletes."

New Bremen hired Francis to replace the recently departed Adam Dougherty, who resigned after the 2017-18 season in April.

"We have had several open gyms and workouts," Francis said. "And I have been pleased with what I have seen so far. Their work ethic is tremendous and there is definitely some talent there that I am looking forward to working with over the course of 10 days in the summer and next winter."

Francis previously was the head coach at Houston High School for one season during the 2016-17 year — taking over for longtime coach John Willoughby — but resigned after that season with a 3-20 overall record.

After serving as an assistant to Henry Stolly at Lehman Catholic for two seasons, Francis became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Russia, under Paul Bremigan for 18 years. He most recently served as an assistant coach at St. Henry under Eric Rosenbeck for one season.

"This part of Ohio it is the best small school basketball around — possibly in the nation," Francis said when asked about his knowledge of basketball in the Midwest Athletic Conference. "It's hard to win and I know that it is a grind and that you have to be on your A-game night in and night out or you might not come out with a W.
"And that is what makes it exciting for us coaches, players and fans."

Francis will take over a Cardinals program that has been coached by Doughtery for the past seven seasons. Dougherty's record was 72-94 overall and 26-37 in the MAC in his seven seasons with the crimson and gold, advancing to the Division IV district tournament three times, including this season when the Cardinals finished 11-14 overall.

This will be Francis' second head coaching gig.