BRANDYWINE – After seven seasons of success at Dr. Henry Wise, Jr. High School, former basketball head coach Rob Garner will be taking the emergency coaching position at Gwynn Park High School after finding out his contract would not be renewed in early May. “You know I had great coaches and great players and I […]
BRANDYWINE – After seven seasons of success at Dr. Henry Wise, Jr. High School, former basketball head coach Rob Garner will be taking the emergency coaching position at Gwynn Park High School after finding out his contract would not be renewed in early May.
“You know I had great coaches and great players and I was just humbled with success with all the right people around me,” Garner said. “I’m just blessed for this new opportunity here at Gwynn Park.”
In 2011, Garner came to Wise from Friendly High School as the man in charge.
“I received phone calls when the previous coach left Wise, but I was content where I was,” Garner said. “By that summer, the job was still open, and you know this was just a sign to me that I should take it, so I went and applied.”
He felt it was an outstanding job opportunity moving to the 4A division, and felt that taking the job would help him towards his future goal. Garner described his time at Wise as just “awesome” by guiding the program to the next level.
Garner lead the Pumas to a 20 win mark (20-5) last season, but Wise fell to Eleanor Roosevelt 70-57 in the playoffs.
Garner’s leading scorer last season Sherwyn Devonish showed his emotion on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeRobGarner when the news was out that his contract would not be renewed at Wise.
“When I found out, I was heartbroken,” Devonish said. “That man really gave up a lot of things just to coach the game of basketball, I looked up to him, and he really sacrificed everything to be with us, but at the end of the day it’s a business so I can’t be mad.”
Garner said he was just as surprised as everybody else when the news came out but he is just past it all and ready to move on.
“You know there is a lot of mysteries, but I’m past it, all I can say is God allows things to happen for a reason,” Garner said.
Last month, Garner decided to take the emergency coaching position at Gwynn Park. Former Riverdale Baptist head coach Lou Wilson will be taking his spot as head coach at Wise now.
“I could have been patient and took some time off to reflect on some things, but I wasn’t ready, I just love helping kids man,” Garner said.
Garner could have waited until September when the school started to get better acquainted with his players but instead went for the coaching job which allows him to be with his players now and play in tournaments and teams camps.
“Gwynn Park is very interesting,” Garner said of his new destination. “They had some past success making it to the county championship under Coach (Michael) Glick. They recently slacked off this past season. If there was any job to take, Gwynn Park was the right choice. It’s a great community with tremendous talent, and the school itself is supportive, and I just feel the kids will embrace the change with me coming in as the coach.”
Garner is in a unique situation where his team missed summer league but participated in local tournaments and team camps. He said the kids on the team have been awesome to him so far.
“You’d think the kids figure out who I am in terms of my success but I just let them know I’m not a genie, I am a committed coach, I just can’t say more about Gwynn Park, and the future is bright for this team,” Garner said.